Friday, June 07, 2013

Pasco FCAT 2.0 and EOC Highlights

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 7, 2013) – District School Board of Pasco County students outperformed the state on Biology, Geometry, and U.S. History end-of-course exams while matching the state passing percentage in Algebra.

Click here to view the Spring 2013 State Testing Results Media Packet

Students showed improvements in the percent performing at or above achievement level 3 (satisfactory) on all but 4th and 7th grade reading and 5th grade FCAT 2.0 science. Overall, fewer students scored at level one on elementary and middle school math, reading, and science, and more students scored at high proficiency levels (level 4 and 5) in science and reading.         

Eleven of 14 high schools (79 percent) showed improvement on 10th grade FCAT 2.0 Reading, and nine showed improvement or held steady in 9th grade.  Sixty-five percent of schools increased 4th grade reading proficiency percentages, and 61 percent of schools increased fifth grade reading proficiency percentages.

Fifth graders showed the most improvement on FCAT 2.0 Math, improving by three percentage points, followed by sixth grade with an overall two percentage point increase.  Fourth, seventh, and eighth graders increased proficiency by one percentage point each.

District eighth graders outperformed the state by one percentage point on the FCAT 2.0 Science exam.        

Overall scores on Biology and History end-of-course exams exceeded the state by two percentage points.  The district outperformed the state on Geometry end-of-course exams by one percentage point and matched the state on the Algebra EOC. 

“We have many things to celebrate, especially the EOC scores, but I remain concerned about flat elementary reading and math scores and our fifth grade science scores,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

A comprehensive summary of school details and highlights, including charts and graphs, will be sent out later this afternoon.


Linda E. Cobbe
Director, Communications & Government Relations
District School Board of Pasco County
7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Bldg. 8
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638
813.794.2717   fax 813.794.2716

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pasco Schools Increase FCAT Proficiency

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 24, 2013) – Pasco County students increased proficiency on the 2013 FCAT 2.0 Writing, Grade 3 Reading and Grade 3 Math. Some subgroups showed significant improvement.

“I want to thank all of our teachers, school administrators, and district and school staff who worked all year to help our students achieve these results,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.


Writing scores improved across the board, yet there is more work to do because the percentage of students scoring proficient in 4th and 8th grade fell below the percentage statewide. The percentage of tenth graders achieving proficient scores exceeded the state percentage.
Some subgroups made significant improvements over last year’s scores:

  • Hispanic 4th graders – percent proficient increased 12 percentage points
  • African American 4th graders – percent proficient increased 9 percentage points
  • Hispanic 10th graders – percent proficient increased 9 percentage points
  • 8th grade English Language Learners – increased proficiency 13 percentage points

Overall, the percentage of district 4th graders scoring a 3.5 improved by 12 percentage points from last year compared to the statewide increase of 9 percentage points. District 4th graders scoring at 4 or above improved 11 percentage points while the state improved 10 percentage points.

District 10th grade scoring 3.5 improved by 6 percentage points (statewide = 2% increase). The percentage of district 10th graders scoring level 4 or higher increased 7 points (state = 2% increase).
Overall, 88 percent of elementary schools increased their 4th grade scores, 64 percent of middle schools increased their 8th grade scores, and 75 percent of high schools increased their 10th grade scores. Schools showing significant improvement include Connerton, Cox, Gulf Trace, Odessa, Seven Oaks, Trinity Oaks, Veterans, and Wesley Chapel elementary schools; Hudson and Weightman middle schools; and River Ridge High School.


Third grade reading scores are trending in the right direction and the district proficiency percentage exceeds the state. Overall, 71 percent of schools increased their proficiency percentages, and 75 percent of Title 1 schools increased proficiency. The percentage scoring a level 3 and above is up 2 percent from last year, and fewer students are scoring at level 1 and 2 (down 2 percent). Oakstead, Longleaf, Odessa, Seven Oaks, Trinity Oaks, and Wesley Chapel elementary schools all had 75 percent or more of students score level 3 or higher.


Third grade math scores also are trending in the right direction, but they are not where they should be. “We have significant work to do in math,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

A higher percentage of Title 1 schools increased the percentage of students achieving proficient scores than district schools overall. Fifty-four percent of Title 1 schools increased the percentage of students scoring at level 3 or above, while the district saw a 48 percent increase overall.

Lake Myrtle, Longleaf, Sand Pine, Seven Oaks, Trinity Oaks, and Veterans elementary schools all had 70 percent or more achieving proficient scores.

Biology EOC

Sixty-eight percent of students district-wide scored a 3 or higher on the Biology end-of- course exam. Seven schools scored above the district mean. State data will not be available until June.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Statement from Superintendent Kurt Browning on the Governor’s Veto of STEM Magnet Funding

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 20, 2013) – We are disappointed that Governor Scott vetoed the $1.5 million the Legislature appropriated for the Pasco County K-20 STEM Magnet Academy.  We remain convinced that a science, technology, engineering, and math magnet academy is needed in Pasco County Public Schools, and we plan to continue our pursuit of a viable source of funding to get it started.

I want to thank Senator John Legg and House Speaker Will Weatherford, as well as the entire Pasco County Legislative Delegation, for their unwavering support for this worthwhile program.

Considering the increasing number of STEM-related jobs in Florida, the District School Board of Pasco County knows that preparing students for careers in STEM is crucial.  With this Academy, our goal is to graduate students who are ready to further their STEM education or go straight to work in high-wage, high-skill jobs.


Linda E. Cobbe
Director, Communications & Government Relations
District School Board of Pasco County
7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Bldg. 8
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638
813.794.2717   fax 813.794.2716

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

2013-2014 Senior Project Information

Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, high school seniors will not be expected to complete the capstone project commonly referred to as a senior project.  Watch this video of Senior Project Task Force members explaining in their own words why they recommended that District Senior Projects be suspended. Contact the Office for Teaching and Learning if you have any questions.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wiregrass Ranch High School- Apple Distinguished School

Wiregrass Ranch High School has been named an Apple Distinguished School by Apple Computers. Apple Distinguished Schools are K-20 schools that demonstrate an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Wiregrass Ranch is the first school in the District School Board of Pasco County to receive this impressive recognition. Principal Ray Bonti, staff, and families were recognized at the February 19th School Board meeting. Learn more by viewing this video.


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