Manatee third-graders lag behind state in reading, math FCAT scores

MANATEE — Manatee County’s third-graders lagged behind the state in both reading and math, according to FCAT results released by the state Department of Education today.

While 56 percent of the state’s third-graders achieved a score of “3” or higher on reading tests, only 50 percent of Manatee County’s third-graders achieved that score. And while 58 percent of Florida’s third-graders hit “3” or higher on math, Manatee County saw only 48 percent of its third-graders with that score.

Willis Elementary was Manatee County’s top performer in both reading and math. The school had 81 percent of its third-graders achieve a “3” or above in reading, and 75 percent achieve that score in math. Other top performers were Anna Maria Elementary, which had 77 percent of its third-graders score “3” or higher in reading, and Witt Elementary, where 71 percent of third-graders scored “3” or higher in math.

Orange Ridge Bullock and Rogers Garden Elementary were the Manatee schools that struggled the most in both subjects. Both schools had only 24 percent of its third-graders score “3” or higher in reading. The percentage of Rogers Garden third-graders with a “3” or higher in math was only 22, while Orange Ridge Bullock had only 25 percent.