2016 Community Report Card Update: Learning Highlights

SCOPE has begun updating the data in our Community Report Card. Below are some highlights from the Learning section

Some of the indicators below are compared to among seven Gulfcoast counties recommended by Sarasota County government as "comparison counties". These are: Sarasota, Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pinellas. 

Early Learning

The Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading (FAIR-K) was part of the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS), discontinued in 2014. It was used in Sarasota County to measure kindergarten readiness in reading of preschoolers. Screening was conducted by Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) providers. 

  • In the 2013-2014 school year 77% of VPK students in the Sarasota County school district tested “ready” for kindergarten, in Florida State 74% tested “ready”. 
  •  The Sarasota County school district ranked 2nd in students passing the FAIR-K (scoring a level 3 or above), out of seven Gulfcoast “comparison counties”. 

  • The Early Childhood Observation System (ECHOS) was another subset of the FLKRS. It was an observational instrument used to monitor the skills, knowledge and behaviors a student demonstrates or needs to develop.  

  • In the 2013-2014 school year 92% of VPK students in Sarasota County tested “ready” for kindergarten, according to the ECHOS. In Florida State 91% tested “ready”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  •  The Sarasota County school district ranked 3rd in “kindergarten readiness”, according to the ECHOS, out of seven Gulfcoast “comparison counties” 

Teachers

 

  • Sarasota County has the most teachers with advanced degrees out of seven Gulfcoast “comparison counties”

 

 

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  • In 2014-2015 the Sarasota County school district had the 2nd highest teacher's salaries out of all 67 Florida counties, Monroe County ranked 1st. 

 

 

 

Third Grade Reading

  • In 2015-2016 68% of Third Graders in Sarasota County passed the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) in English Language Arts, compared to 53% in Florida. This is the assessment that determines reading proficiency.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • In 2015-2016 Sarasota County ranked 4th in out of all 67 Florida counties in the percentage of third graders passing the English Language Arts FSA 

 

  • In 2015-2016 the average scores of White and Black third grade students in Sarasota County differed by 30.2% on the English Language Arts FSA.  In Florida this difference is 27.8%.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • In 2015-2016 the average scores of non-economically disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged third grade students in Sarasota County differed by 19.6% on the English Language Arts FSA. In Florida this difference is 27.8%

 

  •  In 2014-2015 72% of third Graders in Sarasota County passed the Florida Standards Assessment in Mathematics, compared to 61% in Florida.                                                                                                  

 

  • Sarasota County ranks 9th in out of all 67 Florida counties in the percentage of third graders passing the English Language Arts FSA  

 

  •  In 2015-2016 the average scores of White and Black third grade students in Sarasota County differed by 25.2% on the Mathematics FSA. The difference between White and Black third grade students in Florida is 25

 

  •  In 2015-2016 the average scores of non-economically disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged third grade students in Sarasota County differed by 16% of the Mathematics FSA. In Florida this gap is 23%

District Outcomes: Graduation Rate

 

 

  •  Sarasota County ranked 2nd in graduation rate out of seven Gulfcoast “comparison counties”.

 

 

  •  In 2014-2015 the graduation rates of non-economically disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged students in Sarasota County differed by 10.7%. In Florida this difference was 15.3%

District Outcomes: Drop Out Rate

 

  • Sarasota has the 3rd lowest dropout rate out of seven Gulfcoast “comparison counties” 

 

  •  In 2014-2015 the dropout rates of Black and White students in Sarasota County differed by 5%. The difference in Florida was .7%.

 

  • In 2014-2015 the dropout rates of economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students in Sarasota County differed by 6.3%. In Florida this difference was 3.1%

Sarasota County Sustainable Communities Workshop Photojournal

By Leah Duncan

On December 1st, the SCOPE staff had the privilege to attend the annual Sustainable Communities Workshop hosted by Sarasota County. We all agreed that the event was extremely informative and inspiring, featuring a broad spectrum of perspectives from Sarasota County, from Florida and from elsewhere in the U.S., on how to have a more sustainable community. Below are some photos from the event.

Community Science: Using Data and Community Engagement to Highlight Health Disparities

By Leah Duncan

This past spring, SCOPE was one of two organizations in the nation selected to receive a grant from Maryland-based research and development group Community Science. Through this grant, SCOPE is receiving monetary and technical support to test a framework for community collaboration around data access, sharing, and use. This framework relies on the idea that if community organizations like SCOPE know how to engage the right partners in the right ways, and know how to access health-related data, we can more effectively approach decision makers who have the power to impact health disparities in our communities. This project will focus primarily on secondary and administrative data, or data that is collected by organizations not necessarily with the intent of conducting research, rather than on data collected through primary research.

Earlier this week was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Internal Medicine Practice in Newtown. Through past research and community engagement conducted by groups like the Multicultural Health Institute and Genesis Health Services Inc., we know that Newtown residents are concerned about the health disparities they see in their community. There is hope that the opening of this health center will help to reduce these disparities, and SCOPE hopes to utilize the opportunity granted to us by the Community Science project to help ensure that there is a trusting relationship between Newtown residents and staff and decision-makers at the health center.

We have been engaging partners from the Newtown community, including the representative neighborhood associations, to help hold this data collaborative accountable to the real needs of the community. We will also be engaging partners who collect secondary and administrative data that demonstrates the disparities in physical health problems faced by the Newtown community, including cardiovascular and related health problems and sexual/reproductive health; as well as data on the social determinants of health, such as access to health care, healthy lifestyles, education, and economic stability.

SCOPE is very excited by the enthusiasm we have seen at our collaboration meetings, and we are grateful for the training and support offered by the Community Science team. If you would like to get involved with this project, please contact Leah at lduncan@scopexcel.org