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Sarasota County Schools Outperform State Averages in FSA Testing

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 28, 2019 – According to results released earlier today by the Florida Department of Education, the Sarasota County School District scored higher than state averages in all categories of the 2019 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). The percentage of students who were proficient in English Language Arts (ELA) increased from two percentage points in grades three, five, and seven and remained consistent in grades four and six. There were slight declines in grades eight, nine, ten compared to last year.

In 2019, the school district’s mathematics proficiency rates improved in grades three, four, six and eight and remained consistent in grade seven. There was a slight decline in grade five.

In addition to the FSA, the percentage of students passing End of Course (EOC) Assessments is also higher than the state average in all subjects tested. The percentage of students passing EOC assessments increased five points in Civics, two points in Biology, and one point in US History.

For all grades three through ten, Sarasota County Schools rank among the top four school districts on English Language Arts scale scores and the top seven school districts for mathematics. There are 67 school districts in the state of Florida. 

“I am excited about this year’s FSA test results,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent, Sarasota County Schools. “Our district leadership recognized core areas that needed emphasis to ensure student success, and together with school principals and our amazing teachers, we worked to design plans to help individual students succeed. Obviously, there is more work to be done, but I am hopeful these strategies will carry over and promote even greater outcomes for our students in the future.”

“Our Elementary Curriculum team collaborated with our amazing school leaders, committed teachers and generous community partners to improve student outcomes for our youngest of students,” noted Chris Renouf, executive director, Elementary Education. “I am so proud of our teachers and students whose hard work and dedication really paid off this year.” 

Results are based on all students tested, including charter school students, English-language learners and students with disabilities. The third-grade ELA results released in May are reported again with the grades released today to provide a comprehensive review of student performance. Test results of the school district’s accomplishments in closing the achievement gap as well as demographic data have not yet been released by the Florida Department of Education. 

 

Highlights of the FSA results are as follows:

English Language Arts: 

  • District ELA proficiency rates are nine to 12 percentage points higher than state rates across grades three through ten.
  • The percent of district students scoring in ELA achievement levels 3-5 (levels indicating proficiency) in the school year 2018-2019 increased in grades three, five and seven and remained consistent in grades four and six compared to last school year. Percentages declined slightly in grades eight, nine, and ten.

Mathematics:

  • Sarasota County students’ proficiency rates in mathematics are eight to 19 percentage points higher than state averages across all grades.  
  • The 2019 district mathematics proficiency rates improved at grades three, four, six and eight but declined in grade five compared to last school year.  The rate remained consistent in grade seven.

Sarasota County Schools also experienced an increase in Civics, which improved five points from last year. A breakout of test results in key categories follows this release.

 

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004 and have been awarded the Mid-Sized School District of the Year by the University of Cambridge. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on FacebookInstagramand Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

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SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOLS' FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT 2018-19 RESULTS

 

FSA English Language Arts and Mathematics: Percent of District and State Grades 3-10 Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5 for 2018 and 2019 and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

 

Sarasota

State

2019 Difference between Sarasota and State

 

English Language Arts

2018

2019

2018

2019

 

Grade 3

68%

70%

57%

58%

+12

Grade 4

67%

67%

56%

58%

+9

Grade 5

66%

68%

55%

56%

+12

Grade 6

63%

63%

52%

54%

+9

Grade 7

62%

64%

51%

52%

+12

Grade 8

70%

66%

58%

56%

+10

Grade 9

66%

65%

53%

55%

+10

Grade 10

65%

63%

53%

53%

+10

Mathematics

2018

2019

2018

2019

 

Grade 3

72%

73%

62%

62%

 +11

Grade 4

71%

72%

62%

64%

 +8

Grade 5

72%

70%

61%

60%

 +10

Grade 6

66%

67%

52%

55%

+12

Grade 7

73%

73%

54%

54%

 +19

Grade 8

63%

65%

45%

46%

+19

 

 

FSSA Science: Percent of District and State Grades 5 and 8 Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5 in 2018 and 2019, and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

Science

Sarasota

State

2019 Difference between Sarasota and State

Grade 5

 

2018

2019

2018

2019

 

Mean Scale Score

208

206

202

200

+6

Percent Proficient

67%

65%

55%

53%

+12

Grade 8

 

2018

2019

2018

2019

 

Mean Scale Score

207

207

201

201

+6

Percent Proficient

62%

62%

50%

48%

+14

 

  • District average Science scores are 6 points higher than the state average in 2019 for Grades 5 and 8.
  • District Grade 5 passing rates are 12 percentage points higher than the state and 14 points higher in Grade 8.

 

 

End-of-Course Results:

The Florida Department of Education released the Spring 2019 Next Generation Sunshine State End of Couse (EOC) assessments in Biology, US History, and Civics today.   FDOE also released the Florida Standards Assessment Results in Algebra 1 and Geometry.  It is important to note that Grade 8 students who participate in the High School Algebra or Geometry EOCs do not participate in the FSA Grade 8 mathematics assessment.

The 2019 EOC Next Generation assessments are reported on a 151 point scale ranging from 325 to 475.  The 2019 EOC Florida Standard assessments are reported on a 151 point scale ranging from 425 to 575.  Students must score at or above achievement Level 3 to pass each EOC assessment on either scale.  Average scores, the percent passing, and comparisons to statewide results are reported below for students taking the assessment for the first time.

  

Biology EOC Results: Percent of District and State Grade Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5, for 2018 and 2019 and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

Biology 1 EOC

Sarasota

2018

Sarasota

2019

State

2018

State

2019

2019

Difference between Sarasota and State

Mean Scale Score 

411

414

404

406

+8

Percent

Passing 

75%

77%

65%

67%

+10

 

  • District average Biology EOC scores are 8 points higher than the state average in 2019.
  • District passing rate is 10 percentage points higher than the state and increased 2 percentage points.

 

US History EOC Results: Percent of District and State Grade Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5, for 2018 and 2019 and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

US History EOC

Sarasota

2018

Sarasota

2019

State

2018

State

2019

2019 Difference between Sarasota and State

Mean Scale Score 

414

415

408

410

+5

Percent Passing

77%

78%

68%

70%

+8

 

  • District average US History EOC scores are 5 points higher than the state average in 2019.
  • District passing rate is 8 percentage points higher than the state and increased 1 percentage point.

 

Civics EOC

Sarasota

2018

Sarasota

2019

State

2018

State

2019

2019 Difference between Sarasota and State

Mean Scale

Score 

417

421

408

408

+13

Percent

Passing

80%

85%

71%

71%

+14

 

Civics EOC Results: Percent of District and State Grade Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5, for 2018 and 2019 and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

 

  • District average Civics EOC scores are 13 points higher than the state average in 2019.
  • District passing rate is 14 percentage points higher than the state and increased 5 percentage points.

 

Algebra 1 EOC Results: Percent of District and State Grade Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5, for 2018 and 2019 and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

Algebra 1 EOC

Sarasota

2018

Sarasota

2019

State

2018

State

2019

2019 Difference between Sarasota and State

Mean Scale

Score

514

512

503

502

+10

Percent

Passing

79%

73%

63%

62%

+11

 

  • District average Algebra 1 EOC scores are 10 points higher than the state average in 2019.
  • District passing rates are 11 percentage points higher than the state.

 

Geometry EOC Results: Percent of District and State Grade Students Scoring in Achievement Levels 3-5, for 2018 and 2019 and the Difference between Sarasota and State in 2019:

Geometry EOC

Sarasota

2018

Sarasota

2019

State

2018

State

2019

2019 Difference between Sarasota and State

Mean Scale

Score

512

511

501

501

+10

Percent

Passing

73%

70%

57%

57%

+13%

 

  • District total average Geometry EOC scores are 10 points higher than the state average in 2019.
  • District passing rates are 13 percentage points higher than the state.