Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pasco’s Students Rise to the Challenge by Meeting Higher Standards in Writing

As Pasco works to prepare students with 21st Century Literacy Skills, writing has been a primary focus of the District.  The dedicated effort of Pasco’s team is reflected in this year's FCAT results.   For school grades, the standard for demonstrating writing proficiency has increased from 3.5 to 4.0 or higher this year.  Pasco is proud to report that 76% of elementary, 78% of middle and 73% of high school students in Pasco met this new standard.   The progress made when comparing this year’s results to last year is truly remarkable, as 94% of elementary, 80% of middle and 69.2% of high schools maintained or improved their percentages of students scoring a 4.0 or higher.   “Writing is a key component of literacy and a foundation for effective communication,”stated Superintendent Heather Fiorentino.  “We are proud of the diligent work of our entire team, which has led to tremendous progress,” she added. 

Pasco is particularly proud of the results achieved at its Title I schools.  Title I schools serve the highest concentrated populations of economically disadvantaged students. This year, 96% of Pasco’s Title I schools improved their percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on the writing portion of the FCAT.  Of special note, Rodney B. Cox Elementary School, the school serving the highest population of economically disadvantaged in Pasco County, had 98% of their students achieve a 4.0 or higher on the writing portion of the FCAT. 

The following schools increased their percentage of students achieving proficiency by at least 20 percent.  Title I schools are noted in italics:

Calusa Elementary(32%), Chasco Elementary (30%), Chester W. Taylor Elementary (20%), Sanders/Connerton Elementary (23%), Gulf Trace Elementary (21%), Gulfside Elementary (25%), Mittye P. Locke Elementary (25%), New River Elementary (31%), Northwest Elementary (29%), Oakstead Elementary (21%,) Pasco Elementary (29%), Quail Hollow Elementary (35%), San Antonio Elementary (24%), Sunray Elementary (41%), Woodland Elementary (25%), Thomas E. Weightman Middle (20%)

The District is also delighted to report that 302 Pasco County students scored a perfect score of 6.0 on the writing portion of the FCAT this year.  This high level of achievement reflects the District’s emphasis on ensuring that all students are continuously encouraged to reach their highest potential. 

“As we celebrate this outstanding success, we recognize that opportunity for improvement exists as we work to ensure that all students become stronger writers.  We will continue to use these results as one tool for determining how we can best meet the individual needs of all students,” Fiorentino added.