Friday, May 19, 2017

Pasco 3rd Graders Improve FSA ELA Scores

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 19, 2017) – The percentage of Pasco County Schools 3rd grade students scoring a 3 or higher on the Florida Standards Assessment in English language arts increased by three percentage points in 2017, moving from 57 percent in 2016 to 60 percent. Pasco’s students also surpassed the state proficiency rate by two percentage points.

Deer Park led schools making significant progress, moving up 24 percentage points, from 56 percent proficient to 80 percent proficient. Lake Myrtle improved 18 percentage points (61 percent to 79 percent), Northwest Elementary improved 17 percentage points (32 percent to 49 percent), and Sunray and Chester Taylor both improved by 16 percentage points (34 percent to 50 percent and 52 percent to 68 percent, respectively).

Other schools improving by 10 percentage points or more include Pasco and Watergrass (up 13 percentage points), Pine View (up 12 percentage points), Sanders (up 11 percentage points), and Gulf Highlands (up 10 percentage points).

Pasco charter school improvement was led by Athenian Academy, which improved from 39 percent proficient to 64 percent proficient, a 25 percentage point increase. Other charters that improved by 10 percentage points or more include Pepin Academies (13 percentage point increase) and Countryside Montessori (12 percentage point increase).

Altogether, 33 out of the 50 Pasco elementary schools with scores (67 percent) improved the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher. Sixty-three percent (five out of eight) of Pasco’s charter schools with scores showed improvement in the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher.

“It’s encouraging to see that more than two-thirds of our schools improved their proficiency rate,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning, before noting that the district still has room for improvement.

“We’re moving in the right direction, though, and I can’t thank our school leaders and faculty enough for their hard work preparing our students for success.”