Sarasota County Schools’ state test scores show improvement at nearly all grade levels

Some decline seen in language arts proficiency among eighth-graders and in math proficiency among students in grades three and seven

A chart compares district and state averages. Image courtesy Sarasota County Schools

Students in the Sarasota County School District scored higher than the state averages for their peers in all categories of the 2017 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), according to results released on June 8 by the Florida Department of Education, the Sarasota County district announced.

The percentage of students who were proficient in English Language Arts increased from 1 to 4 points in grades three through seven, remained consistent in grades nine and 10, and declined slightly in grade eight, compared to the 2016 results, a news release explains.

The 2017 district mathematics proficiency rates improved from one to three percentage points for students in grades four, five, six and eight, but declined in grades three and seven, the release adds.

“The percentage of district students passing End of Course (EOC) assessments also is higher than the state average in all subjects tested,” the release points out. The percentage of those passing EOC assessments increased five points in Algebra 1, five points in geometry and 11 points in Algebra 2, the release notes.

Results are based on all students tested, including those attending charter schools, English-language learners and students with disabilities, the release says.