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Sarasota County Schools continues to outperform average state results in Levels 3-5

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 23, 2018 – More than 3,300 third grade students in Sarasota County participated in the April 2018 Florida Standards Assessment. The results reported are based on all students tested and include students with disabilities and English Language Learnings (ELL) as well as retained third grade students. For the 2017-18 school year, proficiency rates in Sarasota County are 11 percentage points higher than the state in English Language Arts. A comparison between the test scores for 2017 and 2018 indicates that both the state and Sarasota County third grade student averages decreased. Sarasota County Schools remains tied for 5th out of 67 school districts.

Table 1.  Percent of District and State Grade 3 Students Scoring in Achievement

Levels 1, 2, and 3-5, for 2017 and 2018

  SARASOTASTATE
ELA (Reading)2017201820172018
Level 1 12% 11% 19% 20%
Level 2 18% 21% 23% 23%
Levels 3-5 71% 68% 58% 57%

* Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

“We are pleased that Sarasota County schools continue to outperform the state average for third grade English Language Arts,” noted Superintendent Todd Bowden. “Although we had many distractions ranging from Hurricane Irma to the events in Parkland that affected us all, our students and faculty have remained steadfast in promoting positive outcomes for our students throughout the school district.”

“I am thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and teachers this year,” commented Dr. Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer for Sarasota County Schools. “Our students are incredibly resilient and their ability to score above the state average for another year is amazing. Their desire to learn, coupled with innovative solutions we are employing with our teachers and administrators, will position us for continued growth in the future.”

According to the Florida Department of Education, Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which are developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.

Additional assessment outcomes in reading and math for grades 3 – 10 will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Sarasota County Schools
Dedicated to academic and athletic excellence, Sarasota County Schools is home to 53 schools, 43,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of only two Florida school districts to consistently earn an “A” grade every year since 2004. Learn more: SarasotaCountySchools.net.

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