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FCAT success in Pinellas elementary and middle schools

While most of Thursday’s FCAT news focused on lackluster 10th-grade reading scores, there was good news for a number of Pinellas elementary and middle schools.

At Tyrone Middle, a school that has struggled over the years to boost reading scores, sixth-graders posted a 10 percentage point gain. This year, half of the students are performing at grade level or above compared with 40 percent last year.

Tyrone principal Stephanie Adkinson attributed her school’s improvement in part to a summer reading camp she has invited all incoming sixth-graders to attend for the past two summers.

“I think it helps our scores, especially at that level,” Adkinson said. “Those students have a little edge.”

Seventh-graders at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School were up 11 percentage points in reading, with 70 percent at grade level or above. Sixth-graders at Fitzgerald Middle and eighth-graders at Madeira Beach Middle posted reading gains of 10 percentage points, with 63 percent and 65 percent, respectively, at grade level or above.

Among elementary schools, the largest gains were made at Rio Vista Elementary. Fourth-graders improved 16 percentage points in reading, with 73 percent performing at grade level or above, while fifth-graders improved 25 percentage points, with 79 percent at grade level or above.

Here are some other successes in Pinellas.

Azalea Elementary, fourth grade: up 19 percentage points in reading.
Belleair Elementary, fourth grade: up 21 percentage points in math.
Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Elementary, fifth grade: up 17 percentage points in reading, up 22 percentage points in math, up 36 percentage points in science.
Madeira Beach Elementary, fifth grade: up 20 percentage points in science.
Rawlings Elementary, fifth grade: up 21 percentage points in science.
Carwise Middle, eighth grade: up 7 percentage points in science.
Fitzgerald Middle, sixth grade: up 10 percentage points in reading and math.
Tarpon Springs Middle, sixth grade: up 11 percentage points in math.

To view all Pinellas scores, go to and follow the links.

Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]


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