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Pinellas schools challenge 2014 FCAT writing scores

Pinellas County School District officials have voiced serious doubts about the accuracy of this year's FCAT writing scores, and have asked the Florida Department of Education to investigate. But the department says nothing is wrong. In response, Pinellas plans to take a close look at students' answers on the tests when the state returns them next week. A look at the district's A-rated elementary schools, below, shows the problem. All but two of the schools showed increases in the passing rate on the 2013 writing test. Yet this year, all but three showed decreases — a near complete reversal. Of particular concern are the 10 A-rated schools that dropped by double digits (highlighted in gray). The problem scores extend to middle and high schools as well. The district argues that the state's writing test should be "consistent" and "predictable," and that these results are "certainly enough to warrant further investigation."

Times staff

PERCENTAGE Change in writing PASS RATE

School2013 2014

Bauder 8 -10

Bay Vista Fundamental 17 -6

Curlew Creek -2 7

Curtis Fundamental 12 -23

Cypress Woods 17 -15

Highland Lakes 9 -5

Jamerson 10 19

Lake St. George 13 -11

Lakeview Fundamental 3 -14

Madeira Beach Fundamental K-8 3 -1

Oakhurst 4 -5

Ozona -3 3

Pasadena Fundamental 21 -4

Perkins 4 -13

Plumb 8 -30

Shore Acres 19 -15

Starkey 33 -25

Sutherland 8 -5

Tarpon Springs Fundamental 11 -24

Source: Florida Department of Education

Pinellas schools challenge 2014 FCAT writing scores 07/02/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2014 4:56pm]

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