Pinellas to streamline school visits at "target schools"
Pinellas County is changing up the process by which administrators visit and track progress at 27 "target schools."
Officials have mapped out when school visits will take place through May 2014, aiming to streamline visits from state and local officials, creating fewer disruptions during the school day. Each will be four to six weeks apart.
But the idea is not just a series of scheduling tweaks. The schools, selected by their FCAT scores, will be requires to complete "action plans" at each school visit, specifying who's in charge and what an appropriate deadline is for changes identified as needed at the schools.
"We've always provided instructional support at the schools, but last year it was not as coordinated as we'd like it," said William Corbett, deputy superintendent of Pinellas County Schools.
The targeted schools were selected based on their FCAT schools, and include the five schools undergoing a state-mandated turnaround process.
Corbett said he hopes better tracking of schools' improvement goals will prevent "surprises" when FCAT scores come out next year.
"We should know before FCAT scores come out, how schools are doing," Corbett said. "Our efforts weren't as coordinated. We should have no surprises when the scores come back."
The 27 target schools are:
Bear Creek Elementary
Campbell Park Elementary
Fairmount Park Elementary
High Point Elementary
New Heights Elementary
Ponce de Leon Elementary
Pinellas Park Elementary
Sandy Lane Elementary
Bay Point Middle
Pinellas Park Middle
Boca Ciega High
Dixie Hollins High