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Two Hillsborough schools among worst in Florida accountability ratings



Just days after Gov. Charlie Crist extended Florida's academic accountability rules to all schools, and not just those that get federal Title I funds, the Department of Education has released a list of 2,445 schools that fall under some level of sanctions.

Two Hillsborough schools - Middleton High and Franklin Middle - join 15 others in the most critical status, that of Intervene. Congrats to Sulphur Springs Elementary, which jumped off that list to Correct I status. Because Middleton didn't improve from last year's Intervene status, it now faces reconstitution under the state "differentiated accountability" law.

Hillsborough district officials acknowledged Middleton's poor result, but focused on the positive. "While most high schools around the state lost ground this year, Middleton showed improvement. It wasn’t enough improvement, but it’s a sign that the school is headed in the right direction," spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. "There was significant improvement among students in the lower quartile."

Crist applauded the broadened accountability effort, saying it would bring improved academic offerings to all Florida schools. “After a successful first year we are already seeing tremendous results and I’m excited that every school can now benefit from this increased level of assistance,” he said in a news release.

To see a breakdown of the rankings by Tampa Bay area school district, read on.

Locally, here's how the schools rated. Remember, only schools that have not made adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years appear on the list, so the totals won't match the complete number of schools each district has.

Hernando: Prevent I, 1; Correct I, 10; Correct II, 5
Hillsborough: Prevent I, 41; Prevent II, 11; Correct I, 83; Correct II, 53; Intervene, 2
Pasco: Prevent I, 23; Correct I, 33; Correct II, 15
Pinellas: Prevent I, 18; Prevent II, 3; Correct I, 44; Correct II, 37

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]


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