Four Pasco schools face heightened accountability requirements
Four Pasco County schools could face increased scrutiny and required changes to their operations if their students don't perform well enough in this spring's Florida Standards Assessments.
The schools, all of which earned a D or F in 2015, did not have to implement accountability plans this year, because the 2015 results were considered baseline for future years. However, if they get another D or F this year, they face having to put a turnaround plan in place.
The school district has already put Lacoochee and Hudson elementary schools through overhauls, including a restaffing at Lacoochee, because of their past performance. Lacoochee is not on the list for another plan, because it improved to a C in 2014.
Hudson remains on the list, though, having not shown enough improvement since its first effort, which included new administration. Others facing possible action include Gulf Highlands, Gulfside and Pasco elementary schools. District officials have said they are working on plans for each school, but those are not complete.
Gulf Middle School, which earned a C in 2015, is allowed to stop implementing its turnaround plan because of its improvement. Others that can end their turnaround planning because they received C's include Centennial, Fox Hollow and Moon Lake elementary schools, and Stewart Middle.
Superintendent Kurt Browning has in the past bristled at what he considered the state's heavy hand in forcing schools to take actions they did not necessarily believe best. He has said he wants to take steps to better the low performing schools, but not based on the 2015 test outcomes.
This spring's FSA results are expected to arrive in June, much earlier than the past year's scores.