2021 Third Grade ELA Executive Summary

District’s Third Grade ELA Proficiency Remains Unchanged, Matches State Results
Posted on 06/22/2021
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Despite the pandemic-related challenges of the 2020-2021 school year, the School District of Palm Beach County’s third-graders’ overall results on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) remains unchanged in 2021, matching the state average of 54% of students performing at, or above, a Level 3.

Palm Beach County is one of only 12 school districts in the state that maintained or increased proficiency statewide. The District ranks third among the top seven largest districts in the state of Florida.

Ninety-seven percent of the District’s third-grade students participated in the Assessment which was administered on campuses. There was no FSA in FY2020 due to the pandemic. While the District’s percentage of students scoring Level 1 increased by three percentage points, other large urban districts, and the state percentage, increased between two to five points.

Due to the Executive Order issued by the Florida Department of Education, the 2021 scores will not be punitive, but the data captured in the results is critical in that it helps guide school administrators in addressing and supporting the needs of all students.

“I am thankful that 97% of third-graders took the Assessment which gives the District a clear indication of the work ahead,” said Donald E. Fennoy II, Superintendent. “As a District, we are committed to improving literacy instruction. I commend the District’s teachers, administrators, staff, and the community for their unwavering support during this unconventional school year. I am optimistic about the 2021-2022 school year and academic gains that will be realized by our students,” he said.

Schools that achieved the largest gains from 2019 to 2021 include:

• Lake Park Elementary School had an increase of 28 percentage points.

• Pahokee Elementary School gained 17 points, matching the District and state average of 54%.

• Boca Raton Elementary School, The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach, and Meadow Park Elementary School each rose by 15 points.

View the complete Executive SummaryIndividual student scores can be accessed through SIS. Parents/guardians with questions about their child’s results should contact their child's principal directly.

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