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Gibbs leads Pinellas high schools in academic gains

gibbs_logo.One especially worthy bit of news was overshadowed this week by an overall decline in Pinellas math scores: Gibbs High outpaced all other Pinellas high schools in FCAT gains.

Yes, Gibbs, the former F school. Its students posted increases in all four FCAT-tested areas (ninth grade reading, tenth grade reading and math, eleventh grade science). If you tally the percentage point gains from all four tests - just to get a sense of across-the-board progress - it comes to a net of 18. The next best: Countryside High, with a cumulative percentage point gain of seven.

"It's absolutely amazing," Gibbs principal Kevin Gordon told The Gradebook. "At the end of the day, it's not magic. It's hard work and dedicated teachers and staff."

Clearly, the school's overall performance still isn't where it needs to be, and there's a lot of hard work ahead, Gordon said. But he said the latest scores "gives us momentum to keep going."

Gibbs, under state oversight the past two years, was also among the most-improved Pinellas high schools last year. And its grade was recently upgraded from F to C.

On the flip side, Tarpon Springs High saw its trend lines dipping the most. Its cumulative percentage point decrease across the four tests was -16, with a 10 percentage point drop in 9th grade reading.

To see the one-year ups and downs for all Pinellas schools, grade by grade, in both reading and math, click here for math and here for reading. (Sorry, we don't have the science scores in a spreadsheet; only scribbled on paper.) There are a lot of tabs, but the info is there. Credit goes to St. Petersburg Times researcher Connie Humburg for putting all the spread sheets together.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 11:31am]


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