The Florida Department of Education (DOE) released 2019 statewide standardized assessment results on Friday, June 28.

In Lake County, the percentage of students scoring proficient in English Language Arts (ELA) increased in all grade groups with elementary students exceeding the statewide average.

In the area of Science taken in grades 5 and 8, fifth-grade students in Lake exceeded the statewide average, and in Biology, the percentage of students scoring proficient increased by 4 percent.

Scores in Mathematics saw an overall increase of 3 percent in grades 6-8 with a slight drop of 1 percent in grades 3-5, from 61 percent to 60 percent. Middle school performance in Algebra 1 reached 90 percent proficiency, while Algebra 1 performance in the high schools declined.

Civics scores increased from 70 to 71 percent, while U.S. History showed a slight decrease from 69 to 67 percent.

The largest overall increases were seen at Eustis Heights Elementary with double-digit increases in fifth grade ELA, third grade Math and fifth grade Science. At Eustis Heights, one of the district’s lowest performing schools in the prior year, grade 3 math proficiency increased from 40 percent to 64 percent.

Clermont Elementary had significant increases in ELA with an overall increase of 43 percentage points. Astatula Elementary had an overall percentage increase of 23 in ELA with grade 4 improving from 48 percent to 62 percent of students scoring proficient.

Among middle schools, Tavares Middle School and Umatilla Middle School both had an overall increase of 41 percentage points over last year. At Umatilla Middle, grade 7 ELA proficiency is up 12 points.  Eighty percent of the students at East Ridge Middle School scored proficient in Civics. Oak Park Middle had the largest gain in grade 6 ELA performance, up 12 percentage points from last year.

Umatilla High School took the top spot in gains for ninth grade ELA, improving by 11 points. East Ridge High School had an 80 percent proficiency rate in Biology.

“Our focus this past year in English Language Arts is evident in the overall increase in the percent of students scoring proficient,” Superintendent Diane Kornegay said. “While there is still much work to be done, we have some schools showing significant achievement gains. We will use their successes to guide our work in the coming year, replicating their best practices.

“We have spent the summer thus far working with principals and teacher leaders to establish a common vision for teaching and learning,” Kornegay continued. “In the coming year, we will focus more intently on strategies at every school to reduce the effects of mobility and improve student attendance. Also, thanks to the voters of Lake County, we will have greater resources to meet the needs of every student. Significant change takes time and I’m proud of the hard work of our teachers, staff, and students. I look forward to the great things to come for our students in the year ahead.”

Scores for individual Lake students are expected to be available in July. Parents will be notified.

To view statewide and district-level results, visit the DOE site at this link.