Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In a Year of Massive Change, Pasco Schools Exceed Expectations

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to share that the majority of its graded schools earned an outstanding grade of A or B, and no school in Pasco County earned an F this year.  Out of the data released from the state today (elementary and middle schools only), Pasco received 22 As, 17 Bs, 21 Cs, 6 Ds and 0 Fs this year.  Of special note, 27 schools maintained a grade of A or improved by at least one full letter grade.  This accomplishment is particularly impressive considering the fact that the state increased the rigor of the assessment last year and increased the minimum score required to achieve proficiency this year.

The District is especially proud of Gulf Highlands Elementary School for improving two full letter grades (from an F to a C).  Additionally, we are delighted to report that the following 21 schools maintained their A grade:

Trinity Elementary, Denham Oaks Elementary, Oakstead Elementary, Trinity Oaks Elementary, Veterans Elementary, Odessa Elementary, Mittye P. Locke Elementary, Pineview Elementary, Lake Myrtle Elementary, Sand Pine Elementary, Wesley Chapel Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, Dayspring Elementary, Academy at the Farm, Countryside Montessori Academy, Imagine Elementary, John Long Middle, Seven Springs Middle, Pineview Middle and Charles Rushe Middle

The state also released the total number of points for each high school based upon their FCAT and End of Course exam data.  In Pasco, 10 out of 13 high schools increased their total number of points on this component this year.  Final high school grades will be released later this winter when the other components of their grading formula (such as graduation rates) become available.   

During this period of transition in the state assessment system, we are extremely proud of the hard work that our teachers, staff, students and administrators have put forth in order to secure these grades.   Our students and staff continue to excel in the face of significant financial adversity and ever changing expectations.   This is a testament to their fortitude and unwavering commitment to excellence,” stated Heather Fiorentino.  “We will use all of the data released this year as a baseline for future years, and will provide the necessary support to help all of our students and schools succeed,” she added.

Please download the preliminary grade report.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pasco eSchool Boasts Impressive Completion Rate

The state has just released the completion rates for Pasco eSchool, and once again Pasco's virtual students continue to exceed expectations. Out of the 2,719 enrollments in Pasco eSchool (FLVS franchise), Pasco earned an impressive 98% completion rate, with a 96% completion rate in all other grades 6-12 virtual enrollment programs through Pasco eSchool (303 total "other" enrollments). In grades K-5 (40 enrollments), Pasco has a remarkable 100% completion rate.   

Since embarking on the journey to provide high quality virtual education options to students and families in Pasco County, our District has been a consistent leader in the field, securing positive outcomes for children. As we celebrate this record-breaking year, we give credit to the amazing team of educators that work for Pasco eSchool, led by Assistant Principal JoAnne Glenn.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pasco Bests State Average in 3rd Grade Reading, Biology and Geometry

The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce that Pasco’s students outperformed their statewide peers in 3rd Grade Reading, Biology and Geometry.  This year, 57% of Pasco’s students met or exceeded the new grade level expectations set by the state, compared to 56% of students statewide.   Additionally, 50% of Pasco’s 3rd grade students achieved proficiency in mathematics this year.   The state once again administered the more rigorous FCAT 2.0, and this year they also increased the minimum score needed to attain proficiency on 3rd grade FCAT tests.  This significant change resulted in fewer students achieving proficiency throughout the state, not because students didn’t score as well on the tests this year as they had in the past, but because the state increased the grade level expectations for third grade.  This change in scoring makes it extremely difficult to make year-to-year comparisons of data; however, this year’s data will serve as a foundation for which future comparisons can be made.   “During this period of transition, we are extremely proud of the hard work that our teachers, students and administrators have put forth in order to help our students succeed.  As we celebrate that our students outperformed their peers, we remain committed to making the adjustments needed to increase future student outcomes.  We will use these data to make informed decisions about how we can best help our students meet these new increased expectations,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino. 

The District would like to highlight the following schools:

  • Trinity Oaks Elementary- 80% proficiency in reading, and only 4 percent of their students scoring in the level 1 range
  • Veterans Elementary-80% proficiency in reading, and only 8 percent of their students scoring in the level 1 range
  • Oakstead Elementary-77% proficiency in mathematics and 79% proficiency in reading
  • Cotee River Elementary School decreased their percentage of students scoring in the level 1 range in reading by 10 percentage points.  They are a Title I school. 

The state also administered two new tests this year, the Biology End-of-Course Exam and the Geometry End-of-Course exam.  Pasco’s students exceeded the state average on both assessments, with a mean T-score of 50 in Biology and 50 in Geometry.  Of particular note:  Land O’ Lakes High School had a mean T-Score in Geometry of 57 and 56 in Biology.  The state will use the baseline scores on this year’s end of course exams to set proficiency standards for future years. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pasco Shines in Reading, With 100% of High Schools Showing Improvement

The District School Board of Pasco County is delighted to announce that every high school in Pasco County increased their percentage of students in both 9th and 10th grades that achieved proficiency in reading.   Additionally, the District exceeded the state average in both ninth and tenth grade reading, with 54% of ninth grade students achieving proficiency (a 6% increase) and 51% of tenth grade students achieving proficiency (a 13% increase). “This remarkable improvement is a reflection of the dedication of our entire team,” stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.  This accomplishment is particularly impressive considering the fact that the state increased the rigor of the assessment last year and increased the minimum score required to achieve proficiency this year.  “During this period of transition, we are extremely proud of the hard work that our teachers, students and administrators have put forth in order to secure these impressive gains.   Our students and staff continue to excel in the face of significant financial adversity and ever changing expectations.   This is a testament to their fortitude and unwavering commitment to excellence.”  Fiorentino added.

The District is especially proud of the following schools:  Pasco eSchool (79% proficiency in 9th grade and a 27 percentage point increase in 10th grade), Land O’ Lakes High School (69% proficiency in 9th grade and 70% proficiency in 10th grade).  Anclote High School showed the largest gains throughout the District in 9th grade, with a 14% gain.  In tenth grade, the percentage of proficiency increased at J.W. Mitchell High School by 24% and by 19% at Hudson High School. 

The District’s writing results were consistent with statewide trends, as students’ results reflected the difficulty of adapting to new state expectations within a compressed time period.  In Pasco, 77% of students in grade 4, 77% of students in grade 8 and 86% of students in grade 10 achieved proficiency in writing this year.  Pasco’s tenth grade students exceeded the state average in writing. 

The District recognizes that in addition to the more rigorous standards that were used by the state for this year in evaluating writing, the state has set increased performance expectations for next year.   The District has already begun implementing strategies to help teachers and students adapt to the new expectations.  Specifically, the District will provide systemic support over the coming year to ensure that students are able to demonstrate mastery of the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting and refining their work in order to clearly communicate their message using appropriate conventions.   Additionally, the District remains committed to working with the state to advocate for the additional time students need to display these skills on the assessment, as the current time of 45 minutes is not sufficient.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Elementary School - West winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The elementary school - west winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed below:

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

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