Palm Beach County students have made progress on this year’s Florida assessments in math and English, a sign schools are making progress after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida’s new education commissioner, Manny Diaz Jr., touted the statewide gains as proof that efforts to keep schools open during the pandemic have paid off.
And Palm Beach County education officials pointed to results that matched or exceeded both the state and its largest school districts in multiple subjects and grade levels.
“Today’s increases – spanning grade levels, subjects and demographics – would not have been possible without our hard-working teachers and staff and their dedication to student success,” the commissioner said at state education in a prepared statement.
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About 55% of students between elementary and middle school achieved a satisfactory score — that is, Level 3 or higher — in math, a category that includes the Florida Mathematics Standards Assessment, as well as exams. end of course in algebra 1 and geometry.
This puts Palm Beach County in line with the state average for math overall, and although local results have yet to catch up to pre-pandemic scores, they have marked a noticeable improvement. since 2021, the last time Florida administered tests:
- 2019: 64% of local students achieved satisfactory or better results in mathematics.
- 2021: 49% did, down 15 percentage points during the pandemic.
- 2022: 55% have done so, an increase of 6 percentage points from last year.
Elementary to secondary students also made modest gains in English language arts this year:
- 2019: 57% of local students achieved a satisfactory or higher score in the language test.
- 2021: 53% have done so, down 4 percentage points.
- 2022: 54% have done so, an increase of 1 percentage point from last year.
Two tests – the Algebra 1 Leaving Exam and the Grade 10 English Language Arts Assessment – are particularly important for high school students, as both are tied to graduation.
In the spring administration of the Florida Algebra Assessment, which can be taken in middle school or high school, Palm Beach County’s score increased by 4 percentage points, with 54% of students achieving a satisfactory score. This puts local schools in line with the Florida average.
In Grade 10 English Language Arts, 52% of local students achieved this benchmark, the same result as last year and slightly higher than Florida’s 49%.
For high school students who failed, the state has other options to graduate, including retesting.
How does Palm Beach County compare to other school districts in Florida?
Local schools have matched or surpassed the state average on multiple tests, according to a district analysis.
This includes English Language Arts scores for all grade levels. It also includes results in algebra and geometry, as well as mathematics for third, sixth and eighth grades.
When comparing the seven largest school districts in the state, Palm Beach County matched or surpassed other districts in English language arts for fourth, ninth, and tenth grades, as well as math for eighth grade.
More test results expected this week; Endangered FSA
The school district expects Florida to release the results of four more tests — the Florida Science Standards Assessment and the end-of-course exams in science, biology, civics and U.S. history — d here Thursday.
And recent math and language scores will inform plans for the next school year, district leaders said in a June 28 memo to the school board.
“Schools have received their results and will use this information to meet individual student needs and for school improvement,” the memo reads. “District and area staff will use the results to guide program and instructional improvement.”
Going forward, students will no longer take Florida standards assessments, including the FSA in math and English, as Florida transitions to a new system touted by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Instead of holding long assessments at the end of a school year, the new Florida Assessment of Student Thinking, or FAST, will include three “much shorter registration assessments” throughout the year, according to the Florida Department. of Education.
To view the results for your school, Click here. Go to the English Language Arts Mathematics section, search for “School Scores for All Program Groups” and click on the desired grade level.
Giuseppe Sabella is an education reporter for the Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at [email protected]. Help support our journalism and subscribe today.