Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pasco School Grades Increase with Student Achievement and Teacher Engagement

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 28, 2017) – Pasco County schools saw significant school grade improvements with increases in the number of A and B schools and decreases in the number of schools under state review. These improvements reflect the dedication of Pasco County students and teachers this year, as the district’s grade improved from a C in 2016 to a B.

Seven schools improved by two letter grades, and twenty-nine schools improved by one letter grade. Hudson and Calusa elementary schools made significant progress, improving from an F to a C; Gulf Trace, Lacoochee, and Moon Lake elementary schools improved from a D to a B; and Pine View and Quail Hollow elementary schools improved from a C to an A.

Pasco’s relentless focus on school improvement created a reduction in the number of Differentiated Accountability (DA), turnaround, and Lowest 300 schools. DA schools saw the most dramatic improvement, dropping from 23 such schools in 2016 to only one this year. Four schools implemented a turnaround plan in 2016, and all have achieved enough success to come out of turnaround. The number of district Lowest 300 schools improved from 11 in 2016 to four this year.

Altogether, there are 15 A, 20 B, 35 C, one D, and zero F Pasco district schools. The number of A district schools increased by seven, the number of B district schools increased by three, and the number of F district schools decreased by two.

There were four A, two B, and one C Pasco charter schools. Athenian Academy of Pasco County saw the highest grade increase among charters, improving from a D to B. There were four charters that retained the same grade.

The number of Pasco County students who passed the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) improved by three percent from last year, moving from 53 percent to 56 percent. Pasco students also improved ELA learning gains from 49 percent in 2016 to 53 percent. The number of Pasco County students who passed the mathematics portion of the FSA improved by four percent from last year, moving from 53 percent to 57 percent. Pasco students also improved mathematics learning gains from 50 percent in 2016 to 56 percent. Science achievement held steady at 56 percent and social studies achievement remains 72 percent. The four-year graduation rate showed some improvement, but remains at 79 percent.
"Today’s school grades are a result of Pasco’s hard-working teachers and students,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning. “I am proud of these positive strides, and I cannot thank our faculty, school-based administrators and staff, and district administrators and staff enough for their passionate drive to do what is best for students.”