Remediation cost for Hernando County ninth-graders starting to come into focus
It could cost up to $20,000 to provide remediation this summer for some of the 700 Hernando County ninth-graders who didn’t pass the state’s high-stakes algebra exam this year.
“It’s a burden on everything,” said superintendent Bryan Blavatt, noting that he understands and encourages higher standards. “It’s a cost factor. We have to provide help from a financial perspective.”
This year’s Algebra I exam is the first of Florida’s new high-stakes end-of-course tests aimed at increasing the rigor of high school graduation requirements. This year’s ninth-graders are the first who must pass the test to graduate from high school, earning a score of Level 3 or better on a five-point scale.
The Hernando County school system will provide remediation for about 250 students this summer, focusing in on the students who just barely missed the passing grade on the test.
It would cost roughly $20,000 to provide remediation for those students, but since it’s not mandatory he expects a smaller number to show.
The Hernando County Education Foundation gave the district roughly $6,000, which is expected to cover the course work. It’s unclear how much it will cost the district to provide staffing.
The rest of the students are expected to start remediation at the beginning of the upcoming school year. It was unclear how much that would cost.