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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:43 pm

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart on Friday recognized several school districts in Central Florida — including Lake — for improved student performance on state assessments in reading, mathematics and science.

“I applaud teachers and school leaders for their focus on increasing student academic performance,” Stewart said in a press release. “As we transition to new standards and assessments next year, I am confident students will continue to succeed.”

In addition to Lake, Stewart noted marked improvements in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores seen in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and Flagler counties.

According to test scores, Lake County students showed improvement from 2013 in four of the seven assessment areas. Highlighting this were grades 9-10 going up by 3 percentage points in reading and fifth-graders going up 2 percentage points in science.

Sumter County improved from 2013 in three of the seven assessment areas. Highlighting this were grades 9-10 going up by 2 percentage points in reading and grades 6-8 going up 2 percentage points in math.

The Florida Department of Education has established the minimum score of Achievement Level 3 as the passing score for all FCAT 2.0 reading, mathematics and science assessments. Students at this level demonstrate a satisfactory level of success with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the FDOE’s website states. Level 2 is “below satisfactory” and Level 1 is “inadequate,” while Level 4 is “above satisfactory” and Level 5 is “mastery.”

According to the test scores:

In reading, grades 3-5, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 1 percent statewide. Lake was -1 percent and Sumter was 0 percent.

In reading, grades 6-8, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 1 percent statewide. Lake and Sumter matched that.

In reading, grades 9-10, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 0 percent statewide. Lake was 3 percent and Sumter was 2 percent.

In math, grades 3-5, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 1 percent statewide. Lake was 1 percent and Sumter was -1 percent.

In math, grades 6-8, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 0 percent statewide. Lake was -1 percent and Sumter was 2 percent.

In science, grade 5, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 1 percent statewide. Lake was 2 percent and Sumter was -1 percent.

In science, grade 8, the average percentage point change of students at Level 3 or above this year was 2 percent statewide. Lake was 0 percent and Sumter was -1 percent.

Some of the largest increases for Lake County Schools came in reading scores, Chris Patton, school district spokesman, said in a separate press release. Tenth graders scoring a 3 or better increased districtwide by 5 percentage points to 54 percent.

High schools with the largest gain in percent of students performing a 3 or better included: Lake Minneola High with a 13 percentage point increase (overall 63 percent); and Leesburg High and Umatilla High each scored a 10 percentage point increase (overall 49 percent and 51 percent, respectively). The top overall scores were from Lake Minneola High and East Ridge High (58 percent), Patton said.

“The progress in our high schools this year alone has been strong,” Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, said in the release. “Coupled with the strong 10th-grade writing scores we received last month, I am extremely proud of the work being accomplished at our high schools.”

Showing the largest gains in fifth-grade science scores was Imagine South Lake Charter (18-point increase, 54 percent overall), Eustis Elementary (12-point increase, 53 percent overall) and Fruitland Park Elementary (12-point increase, 41 percent overall). Cypress Ridge Elementary (70 percent overall) and Lost Lake Elementary (62 percent overall) and Sawgrass Bay Elementary (62 percent overall) were the top scoring schools in fifth-grade science, according to Patton.

The writing portion of the FCAT test for fourth, eighth and 10th graders, and third-grade results for math and reading, were released last month.

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