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District’s third-grade FSA English Language Arts results improve over 2016

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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 19, 2017 – The performance of Sarasota County third-grade students who scored as proficient in the Florida Standards Assessment in English Language Arts rose by three percentage points compared to 2016 district results: 71 percent proficient in 2017 compared to 68 percent in 2016. The district’s 2017 percent proficiency rate is ­­13 points higher than the statewide average of 58 percent. The assessment tests proficiency in reading and writing.

In Sarasota County public elementary schools, 3,354 third-grade students participated in the April 2017 Florida Standards Assessment in English Language Arts. The results reported are based on all students tested, including students with disabilities, English-language learners and third-grade students retained from 2016.

The percentage of third-grade students scoring in achievement Levels 1, 2, and 3-5 are provided for the district and the state in the table below. Students must attain a score of Level 3 or higher to be considered proficient and must achieve a score of Level 2 or higher to be promoted to fourth grade, or meet other legislated requirements for promotion.

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