Pasco district expands reading program for low performing elementary schools
Pasco County school district officials don't want to see any local elementary schools on the state's lowest performing 300 list for reading again next year.
So after finding resources to add a state-mandated extra hour of instruction to the three on the list this year, the district expanded its efforts to its schools that landed between 300 and 400 in the recent calculation. The five additional schools -- Centennial, Calusa, Fox Hollow, Hudson and Sunray -- will get extra instructional technology to boost children's learning during the new academic year.
The School Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of new laptops and the iReady reading and math software for the schools, using money from its federal Title I grant and state Digital Classroom funds. iReady is described as a program to provide more individualized instruction based on student needs.
Fourth and fifth graders at Lacoochee, Cox and Gulfside elementary schools began attending an extra 50 minutes of school daily this week, as they came under the state rules for reading performance. Those schools also will use the iReady system, with one-to-one computer access.