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PRESS RELEASE

July 26, 2005

Jacob DiPietre
(850) 488-5394 or
Jennifer Fennell
(850) 245-0413

Top Ten School Districts in Math and Writing Announced
Brevard and Martin School Districts Make Highest Learning Gains in Math

TALLAHASSEE — Today Governor Jeb Bush and Commissioner of Education John Winn announced the top 10 school districts making gains in mathematics, mathematics proficiency and writing proficiency for 2005. Brevard and Martin Counties led the state with 76 percent of their students making learning gains in math this year. Nineteen districts had more than 70 percent of their students making gains in math.

"It's vital for students to be proficient in math and writing skills to excel when entering higher education or the workplace," said Governor Bush. "I commend the efforts of the districts who are leading our state to greater student achievement."

The top 10 districts making learning gains in math are:

  • Brevard 76 percent
  • Martin 76 percent
  • Okaloosa 75 percent
  • St. Johns 75 percent
  • Charlotte 73 percent
  • Indian River 73 percent
  • Pinellas 73 percent
  • Seminole 73 percent
  • Clay 72 percent
  • Monroe 72 percent
  • Nassau 72 percent
  • Orange 72 percent
  • Santa Rosa 72 percent

The top 10 districts proficient in math are:

  • Okaloosa 81 percent
  • Brevard 80 percent
  • Gilchrist 80 percent
  • Martin 80 percent
  • Santa Rosa 79 percent
  • St. Johns 78 percent
  • Charlotte 76 percent
  • Seminole 76 percent
  • Wakulla 76 percent
  • Calhoun 75 percent

"As a former math teacher, it's great to see so many districts receive high scores," said Commissioner John Winn. "It's important to recognize the districts that are making gains, a significant measure of student achievement."

Writing skills are vital to a student's ability to succeed in higher education and the workplace. Florida has led the nation in emphasizing and measuring writing skills. The state's efforts have resulted in rising student achievement.

The top 10 districts with the highest percentage of students scoring at 3.5 on a 6-point scale in writing are:

  • Leon 89 percent
  • Santa Rosa 89 percent
  • Union 89 percent
  • Brevard 87 percent
  • Charlotte 87 percent
  • Hillsborough 87 percent
  • Okaloosa 87 percent
  • Palm Beach 87 percent
  • Alachua 86 percent
  • Martin 86 percent

"Writing is a basic skill needed in all student classroom work," said Commissioner Winn. "I'm pleased to see our students and teachers focusing on achieving a higher standard."

For more information, please visit www.fldoe.org.

District School Grades Math Writing Chart (PDF, 117KB)