In a barrage of scores released by the Department of Education today, scores for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continue to climb as a testament to the overall growth and success of students in the District. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation to the dedicated teachers, support staff, and school leaders for their focused efforts and for positively impacting students through quality instruction. “We will continue our concentrated efforts on what is working well to support the academic growth of our students and enhance our instructional approaches in other areas so that all students are successful,” stated Gent.
According to a Florida Department of Education press release issued today, specific highlights for SLPS include an increase of four percentage points in both Biology 1 and Civics, with 64 percent and 65 percent of students, respectively, scoring Level 3 or higher. Grade 8 Science (including both Florida Standards Assessment and Biology 1 End-of-Course assessment) climbed by two percentage points. Likewise, two percentage point increases were realized in Grades 6 – 8 English Language Arts and Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics.
The 2015-2016 academic year is marked with many positive trends for SLPS. Graduation rates are climbing and are projected to surpass the state average, the percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment is rising, and this year marks a banner year for scholarships earned. Over 21.6 million dollars were awarded to the District’s graduates which number over 2,700.