State releases FSA results for math, English Language Arts, end-of-course exams

Students in the School District of Palm Beach County outperformed their peers statewide on Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) tests across many key indicators, according to data released Thursday by the Florida Department of Education.

Seven of the District’s eight most fragile elementary schools also made gains, improving their performance on the FSA English Language Arts (ELA), math and science tests, a preliminary analysis of the data shows.

“I’m very proud of the progress that we’re seeing with the schools that have been on our priority list,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa.

District leaders are still analyzing data provided by the state, and individual school results will be available once that review is complete. The District’s Executive Summary provided to School Board members and other leaders provides a comparison of how the District’s students performed compared with students across the state and in other large school districts.

An early review of data shows that District students outperformed their peers in Florida on each of the following assessments given during the 2016-2017 school year:

  • ELA for grades 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10;
  • Math for grades 5, 6 and 8;
  • Science for grades 5 and 8; and
  • End-of-course exams for Algebra 2, Geometry, Biology, U.S. History and Civics.

The District’s students also had the highest performance or tied with the highest performing large districts for the following assessments:

  • ELA for grades 4, 6 and 7;
  • Math for grades 5, 6 and 8;
  • Grade 8 Science; and
  • Civics EOC.

The state Department of Education released results for the third grade ELA exam last month, in which 54 percent of students earned a Level 3 or above.