School Grades Are A Mixed Bag For New Port Richey and West Pasco
Area schools had varying results in the annual state grading.
When the Florida Department of Education handed out report cards for schools Thursday, not all New Port Richey schools shined. While several made A grades, some found themselves falling short.
Several schools did stand out from the rest, however. Trinity Elementary brought home not only an A grade, but also a coveted Adequate Yearly Progress designation from the federal government. Earning this designation is no easy task, said Summer Romagnoli, Pasco schools spokeswoman.
“AYP is the federal measure – there are various subgroups of students (based upon socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, special needs, language, etc.),” she said. “If each subgroup does not make what the federal government determines to be sufficient progress (it is usually a target proficiency rate), then the school does not make AYP. It is extremely difficult and rare for schools to make AYP because the standard is so high and just one subgroup failing to meet the target means that a school doesn’t make it.”
Trinity Elementary School Principal Courtney Gantt was unavailable for comment.
Trinity was not the only area school to earn the double honors. Imagine charter school in Land O’ Lakes, which draws students from the Odessa and Trinity areas, also earned the high marks.
Kathy Helean, principal at Imagine, was very pleased with the results.
“All of my teachers were truly focused on every child being successful,” she said. “We put some remedial classes and interventions in place. Our focus was in math because that’s where we dropped last year.”
Imagine has been open for three years. The first year it rated a B and then dropped to a C.
Here’s how schools in New Port Richey and nearby areas did on their report cards:
Elementary 2011 2010
Anclote C B
Calusa C D
Cotee River A B
Deer Park C B
Long Leaf A B
M.P. Locke A B
Moon Lake C B
Seven Springs C B
Trinity A B *Earned AYP designation
Trinity Oaks A A
Bayonet Point A A
Gulf C B
River Ridge A A
Seven Springs A A
For a complete list of Pasco school grades, refer to the PDF included in the photos section of this story. High school grades will not be available until November, but preliminary results are included on the PDF.