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The Monroe County School District cited a consistent upward trend in the performance of its students as evidenced by the Florida state testing results.

 Superintendent Theresa Axford attributes these successes to the hard work of students, the dedication of teachers and the unwavering support of the community. These results not only reflect the district’s focus on high-quality education but also its ongoing efforts to provide an environment where every student can excel.

Monroe County students outperformed the state average in writing at all grades 4-10.  Axford believes that the district emphasis on AVID strategies which focus on writing propelled the students to this success. This is the first time in several years that writing has been considered as a separate score.

 In the English Language Arts (ELA) assessments, students in the third grade showed a remarkable improvement, with the percentage of students achieving Level 3 or higher increasing from 50% in 2023 to 57% in 2024. Overall, the district improved in ELA performance across all grade levels. Specifically

  • Grades 3-10 ELA: The percentage of students performing at Level 3 or above increased from 46% in fiscal year (FY) 2023 to 50% in FY24.
  • Grades 3-5 ELA: Students excelled, with proficiency rising from 46% to 52%.
  • Grades 6-8 ELA: Middle school students also showed progress, increasing from 46% to 49%.
  • Grades 9-10 ELA: High school students performed exceptionally well, with proficiency rising from 44% to 48%.

In mathematics, third graders made notable strides, with a 5% increase from 2023 to 2024, surpassing the state’s improvement. Fifth graders stood out with a 9% increase, which is 3% above the state’s improvement.  Highlights include:

  • Grades 3-8 and high school mathematics : The percentage of students performing at Level 3 or above increased from 52% in FY23 to 53% in FY24.
  • Grades 3-5 mathematics: Elementary students demonstrated strong proficiency, increasing from 48% to 54%
  • Grades 6-8 mathematics: Middle school students showed a slight decrease of 2% from last year to this year.

Geometry students excelled, achieving 55% proficiency, exceeding the state average by 3%.

In civics and U.S. history, MCSD maintained strong performance, with 66% and 72% proficiency in civics and U.S. history, respectively. In U.S. History, MCSD achieved a 5% performance advantage over the state.

MCSD’s commitment to science education yielded positive results:

  • Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment: Students achieving Level 3 or above increased from 44% in FY23 to 50% in FY24.
  • Grade 8 All Science (Statewide Science and Biology 1 EOC): Proficiency increased 1% to 46%.

Biology 1 EOC: MCSD students showed a decrease from 66% to 62%.