Manatee County students outperform state average on U.S. history end-of-course exam

County students tied state average in biology and lag point short in biology and geometery in end-of-year exams

mdelaney@bradenton.comJune 16, 2014 

MANATEE -- Manatee District high school students taking end-of-course exams for the first time this year exceeded the state average in scoring proficient or higher in U.S. history, tied the state average in biology and fell a point short of the state average in algebra I and geometry, according to results released Monday by the Florida Department of Education.

"The results released today continue to show that Manatee County students are closing in on or are surpassing the state when it comes to state accountability tests," said Diana Greene, deputy superintendent for instructional services.

The end-of-course exams were the latest in a number of exam scores released by the state.

In U.S. history, 68 percent of Manatee County students scored proficient or higher. The statewide average is 65 percent proficient. In neighboring Sarasota County, 74 percent of students ranked proficient or higher.

In biology, 68 percent of Manatee County students scored proficient or higher. The statewide average is also 68 percent. In Sarasota County, 78 percent of students ranked proficient or higher.

In the algebra I end-of-course exam, 65 percent of Manatee County students scored proficient or higher. The statewide average is 66 percent. In Sarasota County, 78 percent of students ranked proficient or higher.

In geometry, 63 percent of Manatee County students ranked proficient or higher. The statewide average is 64 percent. In Sarasota County, 72 percent of students ranked proficient or higher.

Students in Florida also took a civics end-of-course exam this spring for the first time. Results will be treated as a baseline to establish averages for future years.

"While these results reflect progress, we are confident that our students and teachers will continue to raise the bar of achievement as we move forward together," Greene said.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.

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