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2021 Third Grade FSA English Language Arts Results Released

The Florida Department of Education released the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) summary results for third grade students on June 22, 2021. The results for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) show 53% of students meeting or exceeding satisfactory performance levels, a decrease from 60% in 2019 (state assessments were not administered in 2020 due to COVID-19). Overall, the state of Florida saw a decrease from 58% in 2019 to 54% in 2021.  

More highlights: 

  • In BCPS, 53% of third grade students participated in brick-and-mortar instruction after the District reopened schools in October 2020. This was the second lowest rate of third grade students being in face-to-face instruction during the 2020/21 school year among the state’s 67 public school districts. Statewide data shows that districts with higher rates of in-person learning experienced more consistent outcomes compared to 2019. 
  • Districtwide, 91% of third grade students tested in 2020/21 while participation statewide was at 97%. At this time, there is no comparison data of participation rates with other districts. 
  • Sixty-eight percent (96 out of 141) of BCPS traditional elementary schools tested 90% or more of third grade students on the Grade 3 FSA-ELA. 
  • Twenty-nine percent (41 out of 141) of BCPS traditional elementary schools tested 95% or more of third grade students on the Grade 3 FSA-ELA.  
  • Despite the challenges of this past year, the following five schools increased performance by 10 percentage points or greater compared to 2019: 

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (25 points)

Deerfield Beach Elementary School (15 points) 

Silver Palms Elementary School (12 points) 

Sandpiper Elementary School (11 points) 

Mirror Lake Elementary School (10 points) 

The importance of getting students to return to face-to-face learning has been a priority for BCPS, with outreach to families of struggling students to encourage those students to return to brick-and-mortar schools. BCPS has also launched the largest summer learning program in the District’s history to help mitigate learning loss due to the summer slide, when students tend to lose some of the achievement gains made during the school year, as well as the learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We commend our outstanding teachers and school leaders for their perseverance in helping our students continue to learn, despite the challenges presented during this past school year,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are analyzing the achievement data as we develop plans to support every student’s unique learning needs.” 

This year, the state issued Emergency Order 02, which waived the third grade ELA scores as a promotion requirement. BCPS staff will continue to analyze the third grade FSA ELA results to implement support programs for reading development and ELA standard mastery for all students in school year 2021/22. Additionally, the District will provide intensive interventions for students promoted to fourth grade, who scored below a level three on the FSA ELA. Interventions will include high-intensity tutoring, after-school programming, and family engagement initiatives to support reading during out-of-school time. 





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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at and download the free BCPS mobile app.