Accountability changes at Pasco schools
As it should, most of the attention to Florida's newly released list of school accountability ratings has focused locally on those schools deemed lowest performing over several years -- Pinellas Gibbs High and Hillsborough Middleton High and Franklin Middle Magnet.
That doesn't mean that other schools don't have their eyes on the list and what it says about them.
In Pasco County, for instance, five schools actually saw their status improve. Cox Elementary, Mitchell High, Stewart Middle and the Irvin and Schwettman education centers saw their ratings change from Correct II to Correct I, indicating their student results have gotten better.
Twenty-five Pasco schools, on the other hand, saw their ratings decline, including three -- Woodland Elementary, Richey Elementary and Fox Hollow Elementary -- from Prevent I (the least restrictive) to Correct II (one step from intervention). Ridgewood High remained on the list of bottom 5 percent of schools, maintaining its Correct II status, and hopes to work on its changes through a federal school improvement grant all this year.
Look for the state to keep an eye, though less watchful than on the 22 Intervenes, on these schools as they make improvements, too.