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Florida test results show success of progress monitoring system. See numbers for Central Florida schools

Florida test results show success of progress monitoring system. See numbers for Central Florida schools

Florida test results show success of progress monitoring system. See numbers for Central Florida schools

Orlando, Florida. – The Florida Department of Education on Monday announced the results of the second year of the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) progress monitoring assessments.

This form of statewide assessment is fairly new, and Florida is the first state to implement this program. It differs from traditional end-of-year testing in higher states and instead “provides teachers, students, and parents with real-time, immediate, and actionable data at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year to drive student improvement,” according to a press release.

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Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. said the 2023-24 assessment results demonstrated substantial student growth over the course of the academic year, as well as year-over-year improvement statewide.

He also said these results are indicative of the benefits of progress monitoring assessments and their effectiveness in boosting student achievement.

“The substantial gains made by Florida students on all state assessments demonstrate that progress tracking is working,” Diaz said in a news release. “I want to thank our teachers for their hard work in the classroom and the dedication of Florida students to grow throughout the year. Our dedication to our students and our willingness to change the status quo is why Florida is the number one state in education.”

A look at Central Florida counties

Brevard County

According to News 6 partner Florida Today, test results released by the state Department of Education showed Brevard students scored at or above the state’s overall scores in math and reading. They also showed improvement from the previous year.

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Orange County

Orange County Public Schools saw a 4% increase in math and a 3% increase in English language arts. Overall, district performance levels increased or remained the same in 17 of the 21 subject areas and grade levels reported last year.

The percentage of students scoring at Level 3 or above was above the state percentage in the following subject areas and grade levels:

  • FAST ELA PM3 taken by grades 3, 4, and 5.

  • FAST PM3 Mathematics taken in grades 3, 5, and 8.

  • Students who took the Geometry EOC exam.

  • State science assessments taken by grades 5 and 8.

  • Students who took the Biology and U.S. History EOC exams

The percentage of OCPS students who scored at Level 3 or above was the same as the state percentage on the fourth-grade FAST Mathematics PM3 exam.

Florida Department of Education information courtesy of Orange County Public Schools.

Volusia County

Highlights of Volusia County Schools test results include:

  • Middle and high school students (grades 7-12) increased their Algebra 1 achievement by 30% year-over-year, outpacing the state’s 4 percentage point increase.

  • All high schools increased the percentage of students who met or exceeded the proficient level on the End-of-Course (EOC) exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, and U.S. History.

  • For the Biology EOC, 91% of Volusia County high schools increased the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the proficiency level.

  • Ormond Beach Middle School had a 100% Geometry EOC exam pass rate for the third consecutive year.

Florida Department of Education information courtesy of Volusia County Schools.

A breakdown of state figures:

School year improvement:

  • Performance increased by 20% over the school year in grades 3-10 in English language arts (ELA). On the Progress Monitoring 3 (PM3) assessment, 53% of students scored at or above grade level, compared to 33% on the first Progress Monitoring assessment (PM1).

    • Scores for the 2023-2024 year increased by 20% overall, exceeding the previous year by 3%.

    • The percentage of students scoring at Level 1 (subject to possible retention) decreased from 25% in 2023 to 22% in 2024, the lowest percentage of third-grade students scoring at Level 1 in ELA since 2019.

  • In mathematics, student performance in grades 3-8 increased by 42 percentage points between PM1 and PM3. In PM3, 56% of students scored at or above grade level, compared to 14% in PM1.

Year-on-year improvement:

  • In ELA, 53% of students in grades 3-10 scored at or above grade level on PM3 in 2024 statewide, an increase of 4% from 2023.

  • In math, 55% of students scored at or above grade level in 2024 on PM3 and the EOC, a 4% increase from 2023. In courses assessed at the EOC, 53% of students scored at or above grade level 3 on the Algebra 1 assessments and 52% did the same in Geometry.

  • In science courses, 53% of fifth graders scored at or above grade level in 2024, a 2% increase from 2023. For eighth graders, 49% scored at or above grade level in 2024, a 2% increase from 2023.

  • On social studies assessments, 67% of students scored at or above Level 3 in Civics in 2024, a 1% increase from last year, and 67% of students scored at or above Level 3 in 2024 in U.S. History, a 5% increase from 2023.

The Florida Department of Education also reported significant progress in closing achievement gaps in all subjects, narrowing the disparity in academic performance between the progress of white students compared to African American and Hispanic students.

This information is courtesy of the Florida Department of Education.


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