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Delayed FCAT scores set for release

. Delayed FCAT scores set for release

After a delay in the release of this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, the first batch is tentatively scheduled to be released this week, according to the Florida Department of Education. Some seniors will finally know on Wednesday if they've graduated when the Grade 10 retakes of the FCAT are released. From May 24-26, third-graders will know whether fourth grade, or summer reading camp, lies in their future when the Grade 3 reading and math results are set to be released. And finally from June 7-11, the rest of the scores are scheduled to come out: grades 4-10 reading and math; grades 5, 8, 11 science; and grades 4, 8, 10 writing.

. USF education college accredited

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg education college wins accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, joining 11 others in Florida. Meanwhile, the university's Department of Journalism and Media Studies is reaccredited.

. This week

Monday

Hillsborough School Board, workshop, 1 p.m., 901 E Kennedy Blvd. Members will get their first look at Hillsborough's new teacher evaluation documents. They will be used to rate the district's 12,500 teachers as well as every principal as part of the district's $202 million partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tuesday

• Hillsborough School Board, 3 p.m.

• Pasco School Board, 6 p.m., 7205 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. The board is scheduled to consider having students at Anclote High start at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8:40 a.m. They will also discuss changing Ridgewood High's start to 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:35 a.m. to give teachers more morning prep time each day.

• Hernando School Board, 7 p.m., 919 N Broad St., Brooksville. Board members are set to review a sport-by-sport cost breakdown to get a sense of the difference in the price tag for, say, golf and basketball, as middle schools explore how they might charge students to play sports. Board members have acknowledged in recent months that charging user fees for middle school sports may be necessary to bolster a tight 2010-11 budget. Eleven sports programs at seven middle schools cost the district about $200,000 last year. The board will look at the numbers from the 2008-09 school year as well as the results of an online survey conducted this month asking parents whether their children would continue to participate in middle school sports if the district levied a fee of $50 per sport.

Thursday

Pinellas School Board, workshop, 9 a.m., 301 Fourth St. SW, Largo. Superintendent Julie Janssen and her finance team will present their initial proposals. Last week the school district imposed a hiring freeze to help cope with a $26 million budget shortfall for the 2010-11 school year. Among the potential cuts that may be presented to board members: eliminating bus routes used by thousands, increasing employee health insurance costs and forcing employees to take furloughs. So far, though, the district has not floated the possibility of layoffs. The district has set up two online forums — one for the community, and one for staff — to solicit ideas and suggestions on how to save money. Go to the district website, pcsb.org, and click on the "Community Budget Forum" link in the box that says "PCS News." The forum is open through Wednesday.

Delayed FCAT scores set for release 05/16/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 16, 2010 10:41pm]
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