State Assessment Results Released

State Assessment Results Released
Posted on 07/30/2021
State Assessment Results Released

The Florida Department of Education released results for the 2021 Spring Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and End of Course (EOC) Exams. Scores were down statewide but the School District of Lee County mitigated those losses and lessened the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights include third and fourth grade math where Lee County students exceeded statewide performance and saw less decline than the state average.

“We expected to see a drop in assessment scores across the District,” says Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jeff Spiro. “In a typical year, our laser focus is on student achievement. Because last year was not a typical year, our concentration centered around the health and safety of students and employees as we weathered a global pandemic together. Our children were learning differently, there were increased absences, and new stressors that compounded the challenge. These scores reflect that.”

Students in Grades 3 - 10 took the FSA test in English Language Arts (which includes both reading and writing skills). The FSA Math test was administered in Grades 3 – 8, and the Science test was administered in Grades 5 and 8. Students enrolled in Civics, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry participated in the state’s EOC exams for those subjects. The tests were not administered in 2020.

The District also exceeded statewide average proficiency in 7th grade math and lessened the learning loss in several ELA and math grade levels, as well as all tested areas in social studies and science relative to the losses experienced across the state.

“We can be encouraged by our preliminary review of these scores because we gave our families flexibility in their learning models and our students experienced less of a learning loss than in most areas of the state,” says Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage. “Even with results that show areas in need of improvement we can use the data to know where our students are and how we can help them succeed.”

Well in advance of today’s release, the District started planning for the support and interventions needed to help students when they return to school August 10th. Every principal has identified and developed individualized plans for student enrichment opportunities. Every elementary school will have a literacy coach in Kindergarten through second grade to focus on ELA success in third grade. Teachers will receive training on all the resources available to them when they return to school next week. These intense strategic planning sessions also focused on attendance, behavior, classroom success and dropout prevention to increase student success.

Parents interested in seeing their child’s FSA scores will find them posted in their FOCUS Parent Portal late next week.