3rd Grade FSA Scores Improve in St. Lucie Public Schools

May 25, 2022

The Department of Education released its 3rd grade English Language Arts FSA scores today which reflected good news for St. Lucie Public Schools as more 3rd graders passed the English Language Arts test as compared to last year.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was one of only eleven school districts across the state who showed improvement over last year’s results. SLPS improved 1% moving from 47% to 48%.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes the improvement to the robust summer program that was offered to targeted students along with the individualized support students received from their teachers, support staff, and school leaders this past year. “I applaud our teachers, administrators, staff, and students on their hard work. We have a dedicated group of professionals, that despite the challenges we faced due to the pandemic, continued to provide rigorous and engaging instruction to our students,” stated Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. 

Incoming Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince added, “With the release of these scores, the District has positive momentum moving forward. It will be critical for our students, who experienced learning loss due to COVID, to participate in our Summer Learning Adventure Camp where they will have the opportunity to close any gaps they may have and meet grade-level expectations as they enter school in August.”

Furthermore, research shows that kindergarten through second grade are critical years for the development of students’ foundational literacy skills. The third graders in this cohort have experienced only one year, which was kindergarten, without disruptions due to COVID. The School District’s strategy of providing extra support to K-2 students over the past three years contributed to their improvement.

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