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July 22, 2005

Jacob DiPietre
(850) 488-5394
Melanie Mowry Etters
(850) 245-0413

Top Ten School Districts Announced in Reading
Orange County Makes Highest Learning Gains for Lowest Performing Readers

TALLAHASSEE — Today Governor Jeb Bush and Commissioner of Education John Winn announced the top school districts in reading performance and making learning gains in reading for 2005. Orange County led the state with 65 percent of its lowest performing students making learning gains in reading this year. Fifteen districts had more than 60 percent of their lowest performing students making gains.

"I commend Orange County Superintendent Ron Blocker, administrators, teachers, and students for leading the state in learning gains in reading and continuing to close the achievement gap," said Governor Bush. "All the districts topping the list deserve congratulations for increasing student achievement among those who need it most."

The districts with the highest percentage of students in the lowest 25th percentile making learning gains in reading include:

  • Gilchrist 64 percent
  • Duval 63 percent
  • Indian River 63 percent
  • Martin 63 percent
  • Collier 62 percent
  • Miami-Dade 62 percent
  • Charlotte 61 percent
  • Clay 61 percent
  • Franklin 61 percent
  • Gulf 61 percent
  • Hernando 61 percent
  • Lee 61 percent
  • Osceola 61 percent
  • Palm Beach 61 percent
  • Sumter 61 percent

"I am very pleased to see districts focusing on their most struggling students. In Florida, we want all students to improve and advance. It's important to recognize the districts that are making learning gains, a significant measure of student achievement," said Commissioner John Winn.

The top 10 districts with the highest percentage of students proficient in reading are:

  • Okaloosa 75 percent
  • Santa Rosa 74 percent
  • Brevard 73 percent
  • St. Johns, Martin 73 percent
  • Gilchrist 72 percent
  • Seminole 70 percent
  • Calhoun 69 percent
  • Leon 69 percent
  • Wakulla 68 percent

The state is also recognizing the districts with the largest percentage of students making learning gains in reading:

  • Martin 66 percent
  • Okaloosa 64 percent
  • Brevard 63 percent
  • Orange 63 percent
  • St. Johns 63 percent
  • Duval 62 percent
  • Gilchrist 62 percent
  • Indian River 62 percent
  • Santa Rosa 62 percent
  • Seminole 62 percent
  • Sumter 62 percent

Commissioner Winn said, "It's wonderful to see how well our districts are helping students learn to read. It's critical for all students to be able to read to succeed in the classroom and beyond."

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