Florida students performed slightly better this year on state tests

The statewide pass rate on English and math tests improved by one point each.
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Florida students improved slightly on English and math tests during the 2018-19 school year, according to data released by the state Department of Education Friday.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Florida students improved slightly on English and math tests during the 2018-19 school year, according to data released by the state Department of Education Friday.
Published June 28

Florida students overall performed slightly better on state English and math tests this year than last, according to data released by the state Department of Education Friday.

The statewide reading proficiency rate saw a one-point gain, with 55 percent of students passing the Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts test. The math test pass rate rose by a point too, with 61 percent passing.

Here’s a look at the numbers in Tampa Bay area districts:

Pinellas County had the biggest gains in English, rising from 51 to 54 percent passing. The district’s pass rate in math held at 59 percent.

In Hillsborough County, 54 percent of students passed the English test. That’s a one-point jump from last year, while the pass rate in math remained at 56 percent for a second year in a row.

Like Pinellas and Hillsborough, Pasco County’s reading proficiency rate rose by a point, to 56 percent. The district saw the most improvement in math, with a two-point gain to 61 percent.

The English test pass rate in Hernando County held steady, with 53 percent of students passing. But math scores saw a slight dip, dropping from 61 to 59 percent.

Contact Megan Reeves at mreeves@tampabay.com. Follow @mareevs.

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