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Ninth-graders at Land O’Lakes High School wait in March to get started on the writing part of the Florida Standards Assessments. Pinellas students also will still have to take required state exams, including Florida Standards Assessments and some other year-end tests. Pasco County School District

Pinellas schools eliminate many year-end exams

The testing load became much lighter for Pinellas County students on Monday. Superintendent Mike Grego announced the elimination of all end-of-course exams not required by the state. That amounts to about 450 local tests that children in first through 12th grades would have taken this spring to help evaluate their  …


  1. Hillsborough, Pasco school officials hesitate to eliminate tests like Pinellas did


    The growing trend of Florida school districts eliminating hundreds of local year-end tests has yet to hit Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

  2. Middle schools need help, Hillsborough officials say


    TAMPA — Middle school — and how to fix it — has become a priority for the Hillsborough County school superintendent and some members of the School Board.

  3. Newsome High band heading to New York


    Members of the Newsome High School Wolfpack Marching Band reacted happily Monday to news that they have been chosen to march in the 2016 year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Wolfpack band, led by instructor Michael Miller, will be the only Florida band and one of only 10 marching bands performing in the 2016 …

    Members of the Newsome High School Wolfpack Marching Band celebrate Monday at the school in Lithia after finding out they have been selected to perform in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Officials of the parade made the surprise announcement on Monday in the school’s auditorium.
  4. Hillsborough school leaders search for clues to lagging graduation rate


    TAMPA — Trying to improve Hillsborough County's lagging graduation rate, acting superintendent Jeff Eakins started with a question: What is keeping kids off the stage?

    Hillsborough school superintendent Jeffrey Eakins looked at data from all students who would have been a part of the Class of 2014.
  5. Student is caught with a loaded gun at Greco Middle School


    TEMPLE TERRACE — A student at Greco Middle School was caught with a loaded gun Monday, police said.

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Families get more choices as Pinellas broadens its school options

The Pinellas County School District is mostly a system of traditional neighborhood schools where students are assigned based on where they live. But you can feel a distinct shift over the p …