Students are closing the Achievement Gap

TALLAHASSEE — On June 8, the Department of Education announced that scores on the 2017 statewide, standardized assessments are on the rise and that students narrowed the achievement gap across multiple subjects and grades.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Today’s announcement is great news for Florida’s students and demonstrates that Florida’s dedicated teachers coupled with our continued focus on education is helping them succeed. The accomplishments of our students are proof that we cannot take our foot off the gas and must continue to provide record funding for Florida’s education system.”

“Following Governor Scott’s 2013 Education Accountability Summit, the Governor issued an executive order to ensure that Florida has a transparent accountability system that promotes improvement in student outcomes, and these results are evidence that these reforms are working,” said Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “Today, we are thrilled to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and recognize the hard-working educators who work each and every day to help our students succeed. We remain committed to the strong, student-focused accountability measures that have enabled our students to reach their full potential.”

Compared to 2016, more Florida students passed the 2017 statewide, standardized English language arts and mathematics assessments.

• In grades 3-10, the percentage of students who passed the English language arts Florida Standards Assessments increased by two points;

• In grades 3-8, the percentage of students who passed the Florida Standards Assessments in mathematics and end-of-course assessments increased by two points;

• The percentage of Florida’s students who passed the statewide end-of-course assessment in Algebra One increased by six points;

• The percentage of Florida’s students who passed the statewide end-of-course assessment in Geometry increased by two points; and

• The percentage of Florida’s students who passed the statewide end-of-course assessment in Algebra Two increased by nine points.

• Certain grade levels achieved particularly impressive improvements on ELA assessments:

• Third grade performance increased by 4 percentage points in ELA.

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