Florida schools received the first scores from the state’s final round of FCAT testing on Friday, showing little overall improvement from 2013.
Third-graders, who can be held back a year if they score at the lowest level in reading, had the same 57 percent proficiency rate in reading as a year ago.
Nineteen percent, or just under 40,000, logged in at Level 1. They also maintained a flat 58 percent passing rate in math.
Writing results for fourth grade dipped slightly, while ticking up incrementally for eighth- and 10th-graders.
In the Tampa Bay area, Hillsborough County was the only district to move the needle significantly on reading and math. Fifty-nine percent of the district’s third-graders scored proficient in reading — up three points from last year. Hillsborough third-graders also jumped two points in math while their peers in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties showed little or no gains.