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58 Florida schools face turnaround plans



We've reported quite a bit about the Pasco and Pinellas county schools that are revamping their staffs as part of state-mandated turnaround plans that come with persistently poor performance on state assessments.

There are, in fact, several more schools facing the same fate.

When the State Board of Education meets next week, it will review for approval turnaround plans for 58 schools -- 55 elementary and middle schools, three high schools. All but three of the schools have proposed using the same model -- the "district managed turnaround" -- to achieve change if their grades don't improve when released in July.

Broward has recommended two of its schools for closure, while Duval is looking at a "hybrid" model for one of its schools.

During its meeting, the State Board also will look at revisions to its differentiated accountability rule, adding new levels of intervention (focus and priority), and also sets forth the definitions for the five new turnaround options that the schools can pick among. Districts still are trying to navigate exactly how all these pieces work, as they head toward implementation in August.

Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning has expressed frustrations about the way things are working at Lacoochee Elementary. Under the new rule, a D school would be rated "focus" and its interventions would be district directed. F schools would be deemed priority and their turnarounds would be state directed. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:19pm]


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