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Two Pasco schools fall off the state's low-performing list



Throughout the 2010-11 school year, state and local experts regularly would show up at Pasco County's Ridgewood and Anclote high schools to observe instruction and offer advice on how to do things better.

Come fall, that intense oversight will be gone.

The two schools' focused work to improve student performance has gotten them off the state's targeted assistance list for low performers. (See more on their efforts: Ridgewood, Anclote.) Their 2011 FCAT results showed strong increases over the previous year, leading the Florida Department of Education to change their accountability status.

Despite the changes, the Pasco school district plans to continue offering extra help to Anclote and Ridgewood to keep them moving forward.

The growth has been terrific, spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli told the Gradebook. But "we recognize we are not where we need to be at those schools. There is more work to be done."

Two Pasco schools that will begin getting added assistance this year are Gulf Highlands Elementary, which received an F and a "Correct II" accountability rating, and Lacoochee Elementary, which made a D and an accountability rating of "Intervene," Romagnoli said. Each of those schools already has gotten a new principal in the past several months, with more changes on the way.

The state is expected to release its complete list of accountability rankings later this week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3:31pm]


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