FCAT results released
Writing results of the 2014 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT were released Friday by the Florida Department of Education, along with third grade FCAT reading and mathematics scores.
District scores for reading and mathematics continue to equal the state averages.
Lee County results were very positive compared to the 10 largest counties in Florida.
The Lee County math percent of students scoring level 3 or higher was second highest of the 10 largest districts. The reading percent of students scoring level 3 or higher was third highest of the 10 largest counties.
Lee County schools will be focused on analyzing the data this summer to ensure that the needs of all students are addressed.
"We are pleased with gains made by many students and our overall standing in the state," Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham said. "Obviously our work must continue until every child has reached his/her highest potential.
"I encourage parents to focus on their own child's individual performance when they receive their scores in the coming weeks," she said. "It is a great opportunity for conversation."
Sun Life Rising Star Awards grants available
Sun Life Financial is requesting applications for the Sun Life Rising Star Awards grants from area nonprofit organizations that promote the academic achievement of under-served youth.
Applications are available at: sunliferisingstar.com. The deadline for submissions is June 9.
Sun Life will award four winning organizations with $50,000 grants, and in turn, each nonprofit will nominate an exemplary student to receive a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship towards financing a college education.
Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, promote skills that directly translate to educational success in high school to students under 21, and collaborate with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.
Student nominees must be high school seniors actively involved in an organization that shares the awards' mission. They must also plan to pursue post-secondary education, exhibit leadership qualities and demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities.
Nominated students are required to submit a 750-word essay.