Three Pasco schools on state academic watch list
Two Pasco elementary schools -- Lacoochee and Hudson -- were forced to implement turnaround plans this year after receiving their third consecutive D grades in the state accountability system.
Less attention went to three other county schools that rose to the top of the list as next to face an overhaul if they don't show improvement this year.
Chester Taylor Elementary and Gulf Middle schools must begin preparing turnaround plans after having earned their second straight D grades, while Fivay High is still waiting to learn if it has gotten another D.
Another nine schools that earned D's for the first time this year, or declined from C to D, are at the front end of the planning cycle. They will start to get state support, as well as district-directed interventions. They are Centennial, Giella, Fox Hollow, Gulf Highlands, Gulfside, Moon Lake and Pasco elementary schools, and Pasco and Stewart middle schools.
State education, civic and government leaders are meeting this week to discuss the future of the state grading and accountability system.