SANFORD, Fla. - Florida's third graders are scoring better this year on a key state test that helps determine whether they get promoted, and a Central Florida county turned in the top grade.
The Florida Department of Education announced Friday that 58 percent of third-graders scored a 3 or higher on the state's language arts test. That's four percentage points higher than in 2016.
Seminole County ranked first among the 17 largest districts in the state.
"We are extremely proud of these results," Seminole County Public Schools said in a statement. "It’s a testament to our hardworking teachers and administrators, who focus on rigor, teaching the standards, and making learning fun so our students can succeed."
Brevard County was ranked second, with Volusia and Orange counties coming in fourth and ninth, respectively.
The third-grade test is important because it is one of the main factors used to determine if a student should be promoted to the fourth-grade. More than 228,000 third graders took the language arts portion of the Florida Standards Assessment.
A group of parents last year sued the state after their children were held back because they "opted out" of the reading test. That legal challenge is now pending before the Florida Supreme Court.
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