Pasco school district to delay standards-based report card trial
The Pasco County school district has postponed its plan to launch a limited trial run of new report cards that focus more on student gains on standards, less on letter grades.
"I don't think we're ready for it yet," superintendent Kurt Browning told the Gradebook.
Browning said he wants the district to pour all its effort into improving student achievement, given its overall decline in performance on state standardized tests. Eleven Pasco elementary schools landed on the state's Lowest 300 in reading, up from three a year ago, he noted, and the district's overall ranking of points in the accountability system dropped from 33 in his first full year to 39 now.
A committee of educators has spent close to a year exploring the concept of standards-based report cards, and how they might help students, parents and teachers better understand what progress is taking place in the classroom. The idea had been to pilot the concept with just a few teachers, to see if it can work.
But now, Browning said, it will have to wait. He has canceled a presentation on the report cards, which was scheduled for Tuesday during a School Board workshop, and replaced it with a discussion about school grades.
"Maybe next year we can pilot standards-based grading," he said. "We're not going to do that this coming school year."