Brevard Public Schools Posts Strong Third-Grade Reading Scores, Improvement at Key Schools

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63 percent of Brevard 3rd graders earned satisfactory scores in English Language Arts

Reading scores for third graders at Brevard Public Schools remain among Florida’s highest, and several of the district’s lowest-graded schools showed significant improvement in 2017-2018. (BPS Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Reading scores for third graders at Brevard Public Schools remain among Florida’s highest, and several of the district’s lowest-graded schools showed significant improvement in 2017-2018.

Overall, 63 percent of Brevard third graders earned satisfactory scores (level 3 or above) on the English language-arts portion of the Florida Standards Assessment, newly released state testing data show.

Although down slightly from 65 percent last year, it ranks Brevard second-highest among Florida’s large school districts, behind neighboring Seminole County.

Twenty-two BPS elementary schools improved their reading scores including five out of seven that had received extra assistance and resources from the school district: Palm Bay Elementary (up 5 points), Golfview Elementary Magnet in Rockledge (up 4 points), Mims Elementary (up 4 points), Endeavour Elementary in Cocoa (up 1 point), and University Park Elementary in Melbourne (up 1 point).

“That is blockbuster news – we are so proud of their hard work and improvement,” said Superintendent Desmond Blackburn.

“Early childhood literacy is a leading indicator for our community — not just of our schools’ quality but of its children’s ability to succeed in later grades and in other subjects.”

Sherwood Elementary in Melbourne showed the greatest improvement, with a 7-point increase in its average score for third-grade reading. There, 69 percent of students earned satisfactory scores on the FSA.

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Freedom 7 Elementary in Cocoa Beach had the highest percentage of students who earned satisfactory scores, at 93 percent.

Robert L. Stevenson Elementary on Merritt Island had the highest overall reading scores.

Scores in other subjects and grades have not yet been released by the Department of Education.

BPS will continue to use data to monitor student achievement and guide teaching at all elementary schools

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