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Transformation Zone schools catching up to High Point Elementary's English language learners on latest FSA-predictive tests

A fourth-grade student at High Point Elementary updates a board that shows the progress of English language learners. On many measures in early tests, the school's English language learners in third, fourth and fifth grades are outperforming their peers in other struggling schools who have spoken English their whole lives. The staff at High Point is hoping their students' performance on the early tests translates to success on state assessments this spring.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

A fourth-grade student at High Point Elementary updates a board that shows the progress of English language learners. On many measures in early tests, the school's English language learners in third, fourth and fifth grades are outperforming their peers in other struggling schools who have spoken English their whole lives. The staff at High Point is hoping their students' performance on the early tests translates to success on state assessments this spring.

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This week the Times published a story about beating the odds at High Point Elementary.

The Clearwater school's roughly 250 English language learners are faring better than other struggling Pinellas schools on tests designed to be predictors for the Florida Standards Assessments. High Point's ELL students in grades 3, 4 and 5 outperformed other schools on reading tests and kept pace on math tests. High Point's younger grades struggled to be as competitive.

The latest results from the spring Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, assessments show schools in the Transformation Zone are catching up.

High Point's fifth grade ELL students are dominating in reading and math performance, beating every other school's scores, but other schools are creeping behind in almost every other grade. For example, High Point's fourth grade ELL reading scores remained stagnant at 196. Maximo and Melrose elementary schools tied at 202, and Sandy Lane Elementary edged out High Point's ELLs for second place with 197.

There's bad news for High Point's younger ELLs. Almost every other school had better scores in reading and math for reading and math.

See High Point's scores broken down by ELLs and native English speakers here.

It's worth noting that High Point as a whole school (including native English-speaking students) seems to have the highest scores overall. Maximo Elementary appears to be in a close second.

FSA testing continues until May 12. Scores are expected to be released this summer.

[Last modified: Friday, April 14, 2017 2:44pm]

    

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