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How much did students learn in Summer Bridge?



More than three weeks after the new Summer Bridge initiative ended, the impact it had on struggling students is unclear.

Superintendent Michael Grego, in a sit-down interview with the Times editorial board Thurday, said he had not yet compared the pre-test and post-test data for the program that ended on July 26.

Summer Bridge -- the first-time, six-week summer program for students with low scores on the FCAT and FAIR tests -- is Grego's brainchild and arguably his most aggressive move to improve student performance in Pinellas County.

He rolled out the voluntary summer school initiative in February, and was able to get more than 6,600 students to show up. Summer Bridge cost the district about $3.1 million, which it paid for with a combination of state and federal funding sources.

Based on enrollment and anecdotal reports, the school system has touted Summer Bridge as a success.

However, the data to back that up hasn't been made available yet. For more than a week, The Gradebook has been asking for data comparing a pre-test students took with a post-test. The goal is to quantity how much improvement students in Summer Bridge showed. A district spokeswoman said that she is looking into it and is not sure how much aggregate data is available.

Grego said Tuesday that he has not seen the data, but asked about it during a school visit earlier in the afternoon.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:33pm]


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