Manatee County, Florida -- The percentage of Manatee County third-graders scoring proficient or higher increased in both reading and math, according to FCAT 2.0 results released today by the Florida Department of Education. In addition, individual schools made dramatic improvements in reading, math or in both.
In third-grade Mathematics, 54% of Manatee District third graders scored Level 3 or above, the state's designated level of proficiency. That mark represents an increase of five percentage points over 2013 when 49% of Manatee District third graders scored at Level 3 or above.
In third-grade Reading, 51% of Manatee District third graders scored Level 3 or above. That mark represents an increase of two percentage points over 2013 when 49% of Manatee District third graders scored at Level 3 or above.
At the individual school level, McNeal Elementary led the way by improving the percentage of students scoring Level 3 or higher by 23 percentage points in both Reading and Math. Other schools that showed significant improvements in Reading include Gullett and Willis Elementary Schools, which both increased their Level 3 or higher percentages by 19 points.
In Math, Tillman Elementary led the charge, increasing the percentage of students scoring Level 3 or higher by 24 points (35% in 2013, 54% in 2014). Willis Elementary improved by 23 points in Math and Ballard improved by 22 points.
The percentage of Manatee County students scoring proficient or higher increased in every grade level tested, and individual schools – especially Title 1 schools – made major gains this year according to FCAT Writing results released today by the Florida Department of Education.
Manatee High School was among the leaders in making improvements as the percentage of 10th grade students at Manatee High scoring proficient or higher in writing improved by 40 points over a year ago. In 2013, only 23% of 10th graders at Manatee High scored proficient or higher, compared to 63% this year.
FCAT Writing is scored on a range of 1-6, with 6 representing the top level of achievement. A score of 3.5 is the state of Florida's designated level of achievement. The FCAT Writing test is only given to students in fourth, eighth and 10th grades.
The percentage of Manatee District 4th graders scoring proficient or higher jumped up an incredible nine percentage points (from 45% a year ago, to 54% this year), and for the first time in years local fourth graders topped the statewide average of 53%.
The percentage of Manatee District 8th graders scoring Level 3.5 or above is 45%, compared to 44% a year ago – an increase of 1%. The percentage of Manatee District 10th graders scoring Level 3.5 or above is 58%, compared to 51% a year ago – an increase of 7%.
Title 1 schools across the district made sizable gains, led by Myakka City Elementary, which improved its proficiency level 52 percentage points over a year ago, moving from 24% proficient in 2013 to 76% proficient in 2014. Palmetto and Moody Elementary Schools both increased their proficiency levels by 49 points, with Palmetto rising from 11% in 2013 to 60% in 2014, and Moody rising from 40% to 89%.
Other Title 1 schools with notable gains include Samoset Elementary increasing 45 points (22% to 67%); Abel 38 points (27% to 65%); Orange Ridge-Bullock 36% (38% to 74%); and Palm View and Blackburn which improved 32 percentage points apiece.