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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 [...]

Tampa Bay Times agrees with Outtakes

Tampa Bay Times agrees with Outtakes

My Outtakes "FCAT Reality Check" got picked in an expanded version by Florida Voices and Tampa Tribune's Hernando Today. Imagine that you are asked to build a building. You don't have control over the foundation or the materials. You pay is tied to the finished structure, but your boss won't tell [...]

More from Robinson on FCAT writing

The Florida Commissioner of Education, Gerald Robinson, must still be catching heat over the FCAT writing exam results. He issued this statement on Wednesday afternoon: “Yesterday’s vote by the State Board of Education to recalibrate the school grading scale of the FCAT Writing test was [...]

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