Third Grade ELA Test Results Released

Third Grade ELA Test Results Released
Posted on 05/27/2022
Third Grade ELA Test Results Released

The Florida Department of Education has released the Grade 3 ELA assessment spring test scores. The results show that 48% of all third graders in Lee County public and charter schools, regardless of how long they have been with the District, were proficient in Grade 3 reading, scoring Level 3 or above. That is a decrease of 2% compared to the results from spring 2021.

“This has been one of the most challenging years in education,” says Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jeff Spiro. “These test results come in prior to the end of the school year which allows us to use the scores to support individual learning during the summer. Thanks to the proactivity and hard work of our teachers and school leaders, we already have a plan in place to address our student’s literacy needs.”

Students who are in need of additional support will be invited to participate in Reading Camp this summer if they have not already signed up. They will also be allowed to keep their Chromebooks so they can access the iReady reading platform during the summer if they opt in. In addition, every Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade student is getting 10 books to take home to read over the summer, while every 3rd, 4th and 5th grader is getting five books. All elementary students will also receive a science and math workbook.

“Lee County is committed to using state testing data as it is released to begin the process, post COVID-19, of setting the standard for learning moving forward,” says Superintendent Dr. Christopher Bernier. “We look forward to working together with our students, families and teachers to help students accelerate their learning after three school years of interrupted instruction.”

When this group of third grade students was in first grade, they did not return to school after spring break, missing critical time in class to build a solid reading foundation. In second grade, they were mixed between in-person and virtual learning, sometimes combining or changing between the two. Their third grade year was marked by high levels of absenteeism and quarantines.

Statewide, third grade students in 54 school districts lost ground compared to the year before on their ELA exams. The state average dropped 1% to 53% proficiency.

Parents are able to access their child's individual results through their FOCUS parent portal. If they do not have an account, they can create one through the District website at https://www.leeschools.net/our_schools/focus. Parents can contact their child’s school or visit our website for additional information on summer learning opportunities.