MANATEE — Manatee County lagged notably behind the state in the percentage of students achieving passing FCAT scores in reading, math and science, according to results released by the Florida Department of Education Tuesday.
Manatee only had 50 percent of its third- through eighth-graders earning a “Level 3” or higher in math, compared to a statewide percentage of 57. Manatee also had only 53 percent of its third- through 10th-graders earning a proficient score of “3” or above on reading, compared to a statewide percentage of 57.
In fifth-grade science, Manatee had 42 percent of test-takers earning a “3” or higher, while the state had 51 percent. And in eighth-grade science, only 41 percent of Manatee test-takers earned a “3” or higher, compared to 46 percent statewide. The top level is a 5.
“We acknowledge that these scores show we are trailing the state,” said Schools Supt. Tim McGonegal. “These scores provide confirmation of the changes we need to make as a school district to step up and meet the needs of our students, parents, teachers and staffs.”