St. Johns County student achievement levels for the Florida Standards Assessments are first in the state, according to test scores released last week by the state Department of Education.

The St. Johns County School District is once again the leader among all 67 school districts statewide for its 2018 performance on standardized tests for English Language Arts grades 3-10 and mathematics grades 3-8. The school district had the highest percent of students scoring a Level 3 or better for proficiency in those subject areas. For ELA, the state average was 54 percent, while St. Johns County had 74 percent of students at proficiency or higher and was the only district to break the 70 percent mark.

St. Johns students were far above the state average in math, too, with 80 percent at proficiency or better compared with 60 percent statewide.

The school district also had the highest number of students scoring Level 3 or higher in end-of-year course assessments in Algebra I, grade 5 science, grade 8 science and civics. In most cases, St. Johns was within 1 to 2 percent up or down from where they were last year in those subject areas, as well as U.S. history and biology.

For the first time this year, all FSA assessments were computer-based tests with the exception of grade 3 ELA reading and grades 4–7 ELA writing, which were paper-based.

Brennan Asplen, deputy superintendent for academic and student services, attributed the school district's continued success to the "hard work and dedication on the part of our teachers and students."

Asplen said the district's culture of collaboration, with teachers sharing best practices for instruction, was also key in the achievement it has seen in test scores.

The school district has received an overall rating of A based on the highest amount of points earned by grades given to individual schools over a three-year average of 2014-15 through 2016-17. The report for 2017-18 has not been release by state officials yet.