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Pasco County's first F school?



grade_F.jpgPasco County school district officials are bracing for the bad news. When high school grades come from the state this fall, leaders fully expect to see one F on the list.

That would be Anclote High School, which opened in Holiday last year.

"I would love to say it's not, but it probably will be," superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the Gradebook.

The story is in the numbers.

On the FCAT, Anclote High garnered just 392 points. On last year's scale, that would be an F.

This year, more factors come into play, such as graduation rate and Advanced Placement participation and passing rate. Those don't bode well, either. Anclote had no seniors, so it has no graduations to speak of. And as for AP, just 95 tests were administered to the school's approximately 850 students, and of those, just 7.4 percent were passed.

The district already has called the Florida Department of Education's accountability office to schedule meetings to begin transforming the school. And school staff are poring over data looking for places to improve. Even the feeder middle schools are getting into the act, Fiorentino said, seeking better ways to prepare eighth graders for the move into high school.

"They are working very hard," Fiorentino said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:08am]


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