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National Flight Academy seeks retired aviators

The National Flight Academy is seeking former military (Navy/Marine Corps/Air Force) pilots to serve as simulator flight instructors for their new adult program "THE NAVAL AVIATOR EXPERIENCE" Primary duties are to instruct general public students flying the latest state of the art aircraft in one [...]

FCAT math: More than half of middle schoolers failed, but percentage is better than 2013

The FCAT math score showed some improvement over 2013 at most grade levels, except for third (49 percent, down 3) and fourth (55 percent, down 3). All grades were below the state averages. Middle schoolers had more fail the math test than pass it--- Sixth 57 percent failed, Seventh 51 percent, [...]

FCAT reading scores show Escambia elementary schools the same, middle slightly up and high school down over 2013

FCAT reading scores show Escambia elementary schools the same, middle slightly up and high school down over 2013

The Florida Department of Education has posted the 2014 FCAT scores. Escambia County still remains below the state averages in reading for all grades. Elementary schools - third, fourth and fifth- had the same percentage of students score a 3 or higher, which is considered passing and proficient [...]

Superintendent failing to meet the goals he set for himself

Superintendent failing to meet the goals he set for himself

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has six goals for himself. He is completing his sixth year in office. He has done well on two of them. The other four he has not –which gives him a “D” on most grading scales. 1. All schools scoring "C" or above on state accountability system. The school [...]

Accountability system did not work for Escambia County third graders

Accountability system did not work for Escambia County third graders

In May 2012, 19 percent of Escambia's third-graders scored in reading a 1 -- the lowest score -- and 9 percent scored a 5 -- the highest score. In math, 52 percent of Escambia's third-graders were proficient; 21 percent scored a 1; and 8 percent scored a 5. Escambia Schools Superintendent [...]

Escambia County third-graders have not gained any ground in five years

Escambia County third-graders have not gained any ground in five years

The school year 2008-2009 was the last group of third graders who attended class under former Superintendent Jim Paul. Escambia County third-graders did as well as the state averages in reading and math - in 70's percentile. The FCAT test has changed and has gotten harder since then so the best way [...]

Lincoln Park Elementary School experiment had little impact

Last summer, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas converted Lincoln Park Elementary School from a prekindergarten through fifth-grade school to a primary school that only served students in pre-K through third grade. After receiving its second consecutive failing grade from the Florida Department of [...]

Third grade math scores are mixed

There are several big increases and drops. 1 2 3 4 5 Proficient A. K. SUTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2014 17 19 35 18 10 63 A. K. SUTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013 10 27 29 14 20 63 BELLVIEW ELEMENTARY [...]

Global Learning Academy continues to slide

The third graders at Global Learning Academy fell further behind in reading. In all, 53 percent of the elementary schools had a drop in proficient readers. N.B. Cook had the largest percentage reading proficiently.   1 2 3 4 5 Proficient A. K. SUTER ELEMENTARY [...]

Once again Escambia County FCAT scores show little improvement

The Florida Department of Education released today the FCAT 2.0 writing scores and the third-grade reading and math scores. In Escambia County, only about half of the third-graders were proficient in reading and in math. On the writing segment, less than half of the fourth-graders and eight-graders [...]

A teacher speaks out: ‘A’ penalty for schools

A teacher speaks out: ‘A’ penalty for schools

We received this viewpoint via email. The author asked to be anonymous out of fear of repercussions. I'm running it because it expresses concerns without attacking any one person or persons. For other teachers in the Escambia County school system who follow this blog, do these words ring true? [...]

UWF president responds to faculty senate request for pay raise

UWF president responds to faculty senate request for pay raise

Dear Colleagues: I sincerely regret that my schedule did not allow for my attendance at the May 9 Faculty Senate meeting. I chair the Florida Public Archeology Network Board and this statewide board only meets one time per year. We have had the meeting set for an entire year. Please forgive my [...]

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