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Monday, June 16, 2014

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Tampa Bay School Districts Show Improvement on End-of-Course Assessments

Tallahassee, Fla., June 16, 2014 - Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today recognized school districts in the Tampa Bay area for improved student performance on state end-of-course (EOC) assessments in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology 1 and U.S. History.

"I am so appreciative of Florida's teachers and school leaders who have worked incredibly hard this year to improve student performance," said Commissioner Stewart. "Their increased focus and dedication will ensure Florida's students are prepared for success in college, a career and in life."

  • Hernando County improved in three of the four assessment areas announced today, including a seven percentage point increase in U.S. History and a four percentage-point increase in Biology 1.
  • Hillsborough County increased from 2013 in two of the four assessment areas announced today, led by a 14 percentage point increase in U.S. History followed by a four percentage-point increase in Algebra 1.
  • Pasco County is one of 13 school districts that increased in all four assessment areas announced today, led by an eight percentage point increase in U.S. History.
  • Pinellas County improved in two of the four assessment areas today, including a six percentage point increase in U.S. History and a four percentage point increase in Algebra 1.
  • Polk County improved in three of the four assessment areas announced today, moving up seven percentage points in U.S. History and four percentage points in Biology 1.
  • Sarasota County improved in three of the four assessment areas announced today, led by a six percentage point increase in U.S. History and a four percentage point improvement in Algebra 1.

Overall, statewide student achievement improved in all of the EOC assessment areas released today. Compared to last year, students improved in U.S. History by 10 percentage points, followed by a two percentage point increase in Biology 1 and a one percentage point increase in both Algebra 1 and Geometry.

The Algebra 1 EOC was administered for the first time in spring 2011, the Biology 1 and Geometry EOCs were first administered in spring 2012 and the U.S. History EOC was administered for the first time in spring 2013. More information about EOCs can be found at Florida End-of-Course Assessments.

The 2014 End-of-Course assessment results are available at 2014 Statewide Assessment Scores.