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Pasco testing schedule under scrutiny



A constant complaint during testing in Pasco County schools has been that teachers struggle to maintain their courses because students rotate in and out to take their exams.

That criticism baffled superintendent Kurt Browning, who couldn't fathom why all students in a class would not be testing at the same time.

Kids coming and going "certainly is going to be a problem for a teacher," Browning said.

It wasn't until this week, though, that he learned the reason why this is happening. And the superintendent is not happy with the explanation.

"Some schools pull kids by alphabetical order," Browning said his research and accountability director told him. "No wonder we have all this disruption in the classrooms."

The phenomenon occurs largely at high schools, he said, and "it makes no sense to me." Schools need to be able to manage themselves with little district administration interference, he added, but this might be an area that needs to be governed from on high.

"We are looking into it," Browning said. "The scheduling piece is the part that I have questions about."

State testing resumes at the end of February. The goal is to have the situation addressed before then.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:34pm]


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