Baker and St. Johns counties' third-graders ranked No. 2 in the state on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, according to scores released Thursday.
Northeast Florida's third-graders collectively showed slight improvements in reading, with three of the six districts increasing the percentage of students scoring at or above grade level. The region's students did better in math, with four of the six districts showing improvement.
More than 202,000 third-graders took the exams statewide with more than 16,800 of those being First Coast students. The test was the first time students took a revised version of the FCAT, which was revamped to be more challenging.
A student must score at least a Level 2 out of 5 on the reading portion of the exam in order to be promoted to the fourth grade.
The percentage of third-graders scoring at or above grade level on reading in Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties improved; the percentage in Duval and Clay stayed the same as last year; and Putnam saw its percentage drop.