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State clears Pasco County’s Trinity Oaks Elementary on testing concerns

An analysis had raised questions about the school's fourth-grade math results.

The Florida Department of Education has accepted the Pasco County school district's findings that concerns about Trinity Oaks Elementary's 2017 fourth-grade math tests were unfounded, and soon will release the school's state grade.

But department inspector general Michael Blackburn has warned the district to keep a close eye on Trinity Oaks' testing going forward.

"As these Similarity Result Indices are highly irregular, it is recommended that Pasco County Public Schools monitor future assessments at Trinity Oaks Elementary School to ensure test security policies and procedures are followed," Blackburn wrote to superintendent Kurt Browning.

The department had withheld the school's 2016-17 state grade amid questions of "statistically improbable" outcomes on the fourth-grade math test.

An independent analysis, which the state has requested annually since 2011, looks at answer change rates, answer similarity rates, and "extreme statistical outliers" that might indicate problems with the test administration.

Trinity Oaks fell into that category. It was not alone: Pinellas Park Academy charter school was among those facing similar concerns this summer.