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Pinellas posts black student achievement data

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March

The Pinellas County School District posted a slew of data about black student achievement on its website Monday, in keeping with a recent settlement in the long-running Bradley case that requires it to present data updates to the plaintiffs twice a year.

For a district where black students struggle more than most, this is important information to see the light of day and to be conveniently housed in one place.

How many black students took AP tests last year? (Answer: 467, up from 414 the year before). How many are enrolled in gifted programs? (Answer: 273). How many are classified with emotional/behavioral disabilities? (Answer: 874, down from 920 last year.) There's all that and lots, lots more on the site.

At first glance, it doesn't look like there is much data that compares Pinellas to other districts. But it also appears this compilation is a start, not the end-all, be-all.

District officials presented the data to representatives of the Bradley plaintiffs last week in a mediation session. They'll be presenting it again tomorrow to members of the Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students, which is monitoring compliance in both the Bradley and Crowley cases.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 11:57am]

    

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