Hernando County third-grade FCAT scores are mixed bag

COUNTYWIDE

Grade 3 FCAT scores tell different stories

The FCAT results released Thursday were a mixed bag for Hernando County's third-graders. Seventy-five percent of students scored at or above grade level on the reading portion of the test, down a percentage point from 2008. On the math portion, 78 percent scored at or above grade level, also down a point from last year. But the overall scores improved in both categories. The mean score for reading came in at 320, up 3 points from 2008, and the mean math score ticked up 2 points to 336. Hernando's third-graders outpaced the state average scores in reading and fell just shy in math.

SPRING HILL

Winning ticket bought here

One of the seven winning tickets in Wednesday's Fantasy Five drawing was purchased at the Winn-Dixie at 11092 Spring Hill Drive. The winners will each receive $32,928.99 of the top prize of $230,502.93. The winning numbers were 10, 12, 21, 23 and 33. Other winning tickets were purchased in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Seminole, Cocoa, West Palm Beach and Miami.

Let Scouts scrub your car

Boy Scout Troop 433 will have a carwash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, in front of Johnson Hall. All donations benefit the Scouts' fund for summer camp trips. For information, call Erik Carlson at (352) 686-5184.

LAND O'LAKES

Workshop focus is business

Today is the last day for reservations to attend "Business Success in Difficult Times," a workshop for small businesses hosted by U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. The workshop will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway. Participating will be the USF Small Business Development Center, General Services Administration, Department of Commerce, Internal Revenue Service, Service Corps of Retired Executives and Manufacturing Extension Partnership. RSVP to Joy Hampton at (352) 799-8354.

Clarification

The federal government this week suspended rules allowing new home buyers to use a new $8,000 federal tax credit as a down payment. A comment from a local real estate agent in a story Thursday was unclear on this point.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Health Care Advisory Board, 1 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Today's picks

'Epic Proportions' continues at Stage West: 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $18. (352) 683-5113.

New writers' group: 10 a.m.-noon, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

Springstead presents 'Nunsense': 7:30 p.m., Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $10 for adults, $6 for students. (352) 797-7010.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Hernando County third-grade FCAT scores are mixed bag 05/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 6:03pm]

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