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State Data Show Polk County Public Schools Is Achieving Academic Gains

June 15, 2018

The Florida Department of Education released 2018 standardized test scores late Thursday, which show Polk County Public Schools has achieved remarkable improvements in numerous academic areas.

“There is always more work to be done, and in particular, we continue to concentrate on English Language Arts and math, where we maintained our 2017 proficiency levels,” said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd.

“But the data released Thursday do show very exciting gains in several subject areas, including Algebra, geometry and science — subject areas that are critical to students’ success at higher levels of education. I am very proud of the work we are doing for our students and, ultimately, for our community. Today’s students comprise tomorrow’s workforce, and the results show we are doing a better job every day of preparing our students to be competitive and successful after they graduate from Polk County Public Schools.”

Analysis of the FDOE results shows:

  • 46 percent of Polk County Public Schools students in grades 3-10 scored a 3 or better on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts exam, the same proportion that reached proficiency in 2017. Polk County maintained its rank of No. 51 out of 67 districts in the state.

  • Polk County Public Schools students in grades 3-8 improved overall on the FSA Math exam, with 51 percent scoring a 3 or higher. In 2017, 50 percent of students were proficient. Polk County’s 1 percent gain mirrored the improvement seen statewide. Polk County maintained its rank of No. 53.

  • Students taking the FSA Algebra 1 end-of-course exam showed dramatic year-to-year improvement, with 65 percent scoring a 3 or better, up from 47 percent the prior year. Polk County far outpaced the 3 percent jump seen statewide and improved from No. 55 to No. 26 in performance in Algebra.

  • 41 percent of students earned a 3 or higher the FSA Geometry end-of-course exam, up from 35 percent the year prior. Again, Polk County outperformed the state, which saw a 4 percent year-to-year improvement in geometry performance. Polk County’s rank improved from No. 59 to No. 57.

  • 51 percent of fifth-grade students scored 3 or higher on the FSA Science assessment, up from 44 percent. Statewide, the gain was only 3 percent. Polk County’s rank improved from No. 52 to No. 47.

  • 42 percent of eight-grade students scored 3 or higher on the FSA Science assessment, up from 40 percent in 2017, which matched the statewide improvement. Polk County climbed from No. 54 to No. 53.

  • 58 percent of students taking the FSA Biology end-of-course exam scored 3 or higher, up from 51 percent in 2017, which outpaced the state’s 2 percent improvement. Polk County is now ranked No. 53, up from No. 55.

  • 57 percent of students taking the FSA U.S. History end-of-course exam scored 3 or better, up from 56 percent in 2017. The state also registered a 1 percent improvement.

  • 84 percent of students taking the FSA Civics end-of-course exam scored a 3 or better, up from 62 percent in 2017. Polk County far outperformed the state, which showed only a 2 percent jump.