Students in Tampa Bay area schools performed below state averages on standardized tests for math, reading and science, statistics from the state Department of Education released today show.
In math for grades three through eight, 57 percent of students statewide passed the test with a Level 3 or higher score.
In Hillsborough County, the number was 54 percent. In Pasco and Pinellas counties, the totals were 52 percent.
In science test results for fifth grade, 51 percent of Florida students scored a Level 3 or higher. In Hillsborough County, meanwhile, only 48 percent scored at that level. The numbers were 49 percent in Pinellas and 46 percent in Pasco.
On eighth-grade science testing, meanwhile, the number passing at the state level was 46 percent. Hillsborough students passed at a 45 percent rate, the same number as in Pinellas County. Pasco was a tad lower at 44 percent.
Reading test results also were released by the state.
Fifty-seven percent of those taking the test in grades three through 10 earned a passing mark across the state. In Hillsborough County, the number was 54 percent. Pasco's students matched the state average, while the number was 56 percent in Pinellas.