Brevard Public Schools Third Grade Reading-Proficiency Scores Improve, Among Florida’s Best
By Space Coast Daily // May 20, 2017
key to future success in academics and life
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Third-grade students in Brevard Public Schools showed significant improvement in reading proficiency, a key to future success in academics and life.
Overall in Brevard, state testing data showed 42 schools increased the percentage of students who read proficiently, 11 schools saw decreases and one remained the same.
The portion of Brevard third-graders who scored a 3 or better on the Florida Standards Assessment language-arts exam improved from 60 percent in 2016 to 65 percent in 2017, new data from the state Department of Education shows.
That beats the state average of 58 percent and ranked Brevard No. 2 in among Florida’s 17 large school districts.
“I regularly see great instruction and sound leadership in our schools, so beating the state average comes as no surprise,” Superintendent Desmond Blackburn said.
“Our teachers and students mean so much more to us than their test scores, but I’m proud of this growth. I’m encouraged by what this accomplishment will do to our momentum as a district.”
The third-grade FSA is important in Florida because it helps determine whether students may advance to fourth grade.
“This year, as part of our strategic plan, we rejuvenated our focus on early literacy,” Blackburn said.
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