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Hernando students score slightly better on state tests

BROOKSVILLE — As schools and districts across the state await their 2018 grades from the Florida Department of Education, the standardized test scores that factor into those ratings and were dropped last week show slight gains in Hernando County.

The data shows a two-point boost in the district’s English proficiency rate to 53 percent of all students passing the English Language Arts assessment with a score of Level 3 or higher.

Hernando’s pass rate in math held steady at last year’s 61 percent — a point higher than the state average — inching the district past students in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Third, sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th grades improved overall in English, with the three higher grades each moving up at least four percentage points. Results in math were mixed: third- and seventh-graders performed better, fourth- and fifth-graders performed worse, and pass rates for grades six and eight stayed the same.

The biggest gain in English was at Westside Elementary, where the pass rate for fifth-graders made a 21-point jump to 67 percent. At Brooksville Elementary, the pass rate dropped 23 points to 43 percent in fourth grade, making for Hernando’s biggest drop in English, the data shows.

In math, fifth-graders at Deltona Elementary lost the most ground, dropping 23 points to a 32 percent pass rate. The data shows West Hernando Elementary moved up the most and rose 20 points to an 82 percent pass rate in math.

At long-struggling Moton Elementary, only fifth-graders improved, rising eight points in English to a 38 percent pass rate, and up one point in math to a 35 percent pass rate, according to the data.

Moton’s third-graders held last year’s 46 percent pass rate in math and dropped two points to a 35 percent pass rate in English. Fourth-graders fell by one point on both tests, to 39 percent in English and 40 percent in math.

Linda Pierce, district manager of assessments and accountability, could not be reached for comment by the Tampa Bay Times. All available testing data can be found at www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments.

Contact Megan Reeves at [email protected] Follow @mareevs.

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