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FCAT Crisis: Escambia County stuggles with reading

The FCAT 2.0 reading scores are out. Escambia County trails the state and neighboring counties. Fourth Grade - percentage passing State: 62% Escambia: 58% gap from state percentage: 4 pts Okaloosa:72% Santa Rosa: 74% Fifth Grade - percentage passing State: 61% Escambia: 55% gap [...]

PSC’s Healthcare Workshop

PSC’s Healthcare Workshop

Pensacola State College will hold a workshop for people interested in health-related careers. “Everything You Need to Know about Getting into Your Health-Related Program” will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Student Center, Building 3600, on the Warrington campus. Whether you are [...]

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. Here in Pensacola, literacy is a major problem in some of the impoverished neighborhoods and since the local chapter’s inception in the mid-1970s, thousands of children have been given books to [...]

Pensacola can compete in new economy, at least some can

Cities have found that one of the most critical ingredients for a successful transformation is college graduates. Metropolitan areas with fewer graduates are falling behind in the economic recovery. (See NY Times) Only 24 percent of the adult residents of metropolitan Dayton have four-year [...]

St. Paul teachers honored by Library of Congress

Press Release: Local Teachers to Participate in National Educational Program Lori Cuevas, Lorelei Darga and Katrina Mougey of St. Paul Catholic School in Pensacola, Fla., have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary [...]

PMA Summer Art Camp

PMA Summer Art Camp

The PMA is excited to open the doors to Summer Art Camp's for children Monday, June 4!  Their team of art educators is energized and ready to welcome your child to the museum right now. Remember to register as early as possible! Week 1  June 4-8 Mini Masters ages 5-8 8-10 a.m.     [...]

Inside Pensacola State College’s Annual Report

By Stephanie Sharp... Locals may still be getting used to the switch from “PJC” to “PSC”, but Pensacola State College shows in their annual report for 2010-2011 that this school is not just changing its name, but growing, succeeding, and defying the community’s expectations. More [...]

Cottage Foods Class

Escambia County will host an informational session for people interested in selling foods made in their homes. The Escambia County Extension office is offering a one-night course entitled Cottage Foods: Starting Your Own Business. The program is geared toward those currently marketing and [...]

SEE Award Winners

SEE Award Winners

Energy Services of Pensacola (ESP), the City of Pensacola’s natural gas utility, presented its annual SEE programs awards last night to 15 local 4th and 6th grade students. The SEE Programs (Saving Energy is Easy, Sustainability & Energy Education, and Smart Energy Education), are free [...]

FCAT Crisis: Escambia County hurts in math, too

The question that keeps popping up in my head is: What did Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and the school district administration do to prepare the teachers for FCAT 2.0? If he follows his past pattern, teachers and parents will be blamed for the low results, but the district has to assume some [...]

FCAT Crisis: Escambia County struggles at third grade level in reading

Escambia County had 3,161 third-graders take the FCAT reading exam. Fifty-one percent of them scored a 3 or higher on the exam, compared to 72 percent in Santa Rosa County and 64 percent in Okaloosa County. The statewide score was 56 percent. (See GR03_Rdis_2012v2) The top Escambia County [...]

Over a third of state’s third-graders aren’t at reading grade level

The FCAT 2.0 results in math and reading are out for third-graders. Once again the state is trying to put a happy spin on the results from the tougher tests and the surprisingly low results. Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson is comparing the scores to last year by recalculating them to the new [...]

Take Stock in Children’s 2012 Graduates

Take Stock in Children’s 2012 Graduates

Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit organization with a solid history of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors and hope, will celebrate the graduation of 18 high school seniors from its local program in Santa Rosa County on May 29th at Hilton Pensacola Beach [...]

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

  Teens in Escambia and Santa Rosa County have the opportunity this summer to take part in two exciting events through Chain Reaction, the local teen volunteer center for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. On June 27 and 28at Pensacola state college, high school teens from the area are [...]

Will School Board do anything about Camelot fiasco?

In 2010, the Escambia County School Board voted 4-1 to approve a one-year, $1.8-million contract with Camelot Schools of Pennsylvania, LLC. to take over the education of some of the most at-risk and special needs students by consolidating ESEAL and A.V. Clubbs. The contract was renewed last [...]

Escambia County Ninth Graders struggled with new FCAT reading

Escambia High School had 60 percent of its ninth grade fail to test at or above their grade level. Pensacola High had 49 percent below grade level, but if you back out the 85 IB students who scored a five, the percentage matches EHS's 60 percent. West Florida High bested all the Escambia County [...]

State tries to put happy face on FCAT reading scores

The FCAT reading scores were released today for ninth and tenth graders. Only half of the Florida high school students who took the test performed at or better than their grade level. Like the writing exam, the test was harder as the state transitions from the FCAT to the FCAT 2.0 and Florida [...]

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