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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 [...]

Energy Star Awards

By Stephanie Sharp --- At the school board meeting last night, seven Escambia county schools were presented with Energy Star awards. The Energy Star program from the EPA promotes energy efficiency as both a smart financial and environmental decision. Yes, it is the same program used to rate home [...]

Official Statement of FCAT Writing Exam (debacle)


Robinson defends FCAT writing exam

Robinson defends FCAT writing exam

Education Commissioner Gerald Robinson held a press conference this afternoon and allowed reporters from around the state to question him about the Florida Board of Education's decision earlier in the day to drop the standard for passing the writing exam from a 4 to a 3 --on a scale of 1 to 6. [...]

State Board of Education lowers FCAT writing passing grade (update)

The Florida Board of Education voted today unanimously to lower the passing grade for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing exam. Preliminary results showed only about a third of students had passed, down from 80 percent in 2011. The 2011 test is more difficult and the board raised [...]

Rubio misstates facts about student loans

Republicans in the Senate voted down a bill to block an increase in the interest rates for student loans last week. In explaining his "no" vote, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, said the Democratic bill would raise taxes on small businesses. "As someone with a student loan and with a state with [...]

Doubling Stafford interest rate harms African-American households

More than 7 million students and their families rely on federally subsidized Stafford loans to help pay for college. The loans are distributed by the U.S. Department of Education and currently hold an interest rate of 3.4 percent. That rate is set to double if Congress fails to act by July 1, [...]

Oh no, preliminary FCAT writing scores are dismal

Preliminary data released today shows that only 27 percent of all Florida fourth graders scored a Level 4 or higher on the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Last year 81 percent scored at Level 4 or higher. The other grade levels didn't score much better-- Eighth graders [...]

PSC now in Gulf Breeze

PSC now in Gulf Breeze

Navarre and Gulf Breeze PSC commuters now have a campus closer to home located at 5075 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. “There is a great deal of excitement in South Santa Rosa County with the opening of our Center on Gulf Breeze Parkway and Nantahala Road,” said Pensacola State President Ed Meadows. [...]

Making Science Fun

Making Science Fun

For fans of Science Saturdays, a monthly program run by IHMC during the school year for kids in grades third to fifth, another science based program is underway. “My experience with the demand for Science Saturdays, it has inspired the effort to begin exploring the feasibility of starting a [...]

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