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Calling All Sponsors! We need your help to support this year’s Fine Arts Festival on December 12th at Wooton Park. Please visit our sponsorship page for more information on how you can help us this year.

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9-30-FSALogoThe Florida Department of Education has released the first scores from the Spring 2015 Florida Standards Assessment. The results are reported by T-score and percentile rank for English Language Arts, Mathematics and EOC assessments.

A T-score of 50 represents the mean. T-scores above or below 50 show deviations above or below the mean. The percentile rank shows the percentage of scores that fall within a given quartile.

Student score reports, describing how an individual student performed compared to other students statewide, are expected soon. They will be sent to schools for distribution to parents and students. The score reports will no longer include achievement levels 1 through 5 as they have in the past. New achievement level standards are expected to be set by the state Board of Education early next year.

Members of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, including Lake County Schools Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., have stated they have lost confidence in the current accountability system and have recommended results from the spring 2015 FSA tests not be used to grade students, teachers and schools.

The chart below shows a comparison of Mean T-scores for Lake County students compared to students statewide. Attached charts show percentile rankings for all Florida districts.

 

Algebra 1 EOC Algebra 2 EOC
ELA Grade 3-1 Geometry EOC
Math Grades 3-8

 

TEST

STATE MEAN T SCORE

LAKE COUNTY

MEAN T SCORE

Algebra 1 EOC 49 48
Algebra 2 EOC 48 47
Geometry EOC 49 49
Grade 3 ELA 50 50
Grade 4 ELA 50 50
Grade 5 ELA 50 50
Grade 6 ELA 50 48
Grade 7 ELA 50 49
Grade 8 ELA 50 49
Grade 9 ELA 50 49
Grade 10 ELA 50 49
Grade 3 Math 50 50
Grade 4 Math 50 49
Grade 5 Math 50 49
Grade 6 Math 49 48
Grade 7 Math 50 50
Grade 8 Math 50 48

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Logo 3Lake County Schools has been awarded $473,000 grant to provide intensive training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for teachers during the 2015-16 school year.

The K-12 Math and Science Partnership STEM Grant, awarded by the Florida Department of Education, specifically targets teachers in grades 3 through 12 in Leesburg and in the Wildwood area of Sumter County. The goal is to improve teacher content knowledge tied directly to the Florida Standards for the purpose of creating quality educators and increasing student achievement.

Lake County Schools and Sumter District Schools are partners in this project. The two districts share an adjacent boundary that encompasses the Leesburg and Wildwood area feeder patterns, including 11 schools serving more than 9,000 students. All of the schools are in high poverty areas with free and reduced lunch rates above 60 percent. The Lake Schools are Beverly Shores, Fruitland Park, Leesburg, Treadway and Villages elementary; Carver and Oak Park middle; and Leesburg High. The Sumter schools are Wildwood Elementary, South Sumter Middle and Wildwood Middle High.

Teachers will receive expert training and technical assistance from Florida State University, Florida Polytechnic University, the Orlando Science Center and TechKNOW Associates. They will form 42 STEM teams consisting of two to four members each across all 11 schools. Those teams will create STEM project-based integrated lessons and mastery-based student work that will be published on CPALMS, the state of Florida’s official source for information, resources and interactive tools to help educators implement teaching standards.

Ultimately, the project is expected to increase knowledge and skills for teachers and achievement and engagement for students. “I am very excited that the Leesburg schools will have the opportunity for the teachers to receive training in the STEM subjects,’’ said school board member Rosanne Brandeburg, whose district includes the Leesburg schools. “This will greatly enhance the learning opportunities for our students.”

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Lake County Schools was recently highlighted in Education Week, a national publication, for our efforts to align budgets with academics.Education-Week-CTL-MLTI-Cover-3.13.2013-thumbnail

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Lake County Schools is one of four public school districts in Florida to be recognized by the College Board for gains in the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and for increasing student performance on AP Exams.

AP is a program created by the College Board to offer college-level coursework and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities often grant course credit to students who obtain high scores on the exams.

The College Board reviews school districts in the United States and Canada over a three-year period, looking for those that have increased AP participation and performance, and names those schools to the AP District Honor Roll each year. A total of 547 districts, including Lake, are on the list this year. A representative from the College Board will present the honor at the Lake County School Board meeting on Monday, Jan. 26.

Specifically, schools on the AP District Honor Roll must meet the following criteria:

· Increased participation and access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 5 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;

· Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and,

· Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012.

“I am so proud of our students for taking on these rigorous courses and performing so well,’’ said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools. “We are increasing participation in AP courses while also increasing the number of AP exams with scores of 3, 4 or 5. This was especially true for our Hispanic students who showed significant improvement across the board in AP. This opportunity to earn college credit on a high school campus is powerful for students.”

From the 2012-13 school year to 2013-14, Lake saw a 21 percent increase in the number of AP exams taken and a 22 percent increase in the number of exams scored at 3 or higher.

Among Hispanic students, 35 percent more exams were taken and 41 percent were scored at 3 or higher.

District officials attribute Lake’s success, in part, to the addition of AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) college readiness classes in all middle and high schools; the use of document based questioning, a technique that promotes critical thinking and incorporates writing into the process; and the addition of AP Seminars that include a review of course content and test-taking strategies to help prepare students for AP exams.

Over the last five years, Lake has earned this distinction twice, showing outstanding improvement in AP. Here are the Florida public school districts honored over the last five years:

•5th AP Honor roll (2014) – Lake, Pasco, Miami-Dade, Orange
•4th AP Honor Roll (2013) – Miami-Dade, Manatee
•3rd AP Honor Roll (2012) – Lake, Broward, Dixie, Escambia, Hillsborough, Levy, St. Johns, Polk, Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Orange
•2nd AP Honor Roll (2011) – Polk, Seminole
•1st AP Honor Roll (2010) – Orange, Seminole, Santa Rosa, Manatee, Hillsborough, Flagler, Charlotte

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Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, authorized today the immediate suspension of school district benchmark tests to students in seventh through 11th grade to give teachers more time to adapt to the new Florida Standards.

“I have heard students, teachers and parents loud and clear,” Dr. Moxley said. “We are drowning in a sea of state-required assessments and anything this school district can do to reduce the burden needs to be done. Assessments are important in the classroom because it is a way for teachers to see if the instruction is working and if the students are comprehending the material. Nonetheless, it’s important to maintain a balance between assessments as an instructional tool and teaching & learning. Teachers need time to teach and students need time to learn.”

The reduction of October assessments is the second time Lake County Schools has decreased the number of assessments it uses to measure student academic growth in preparation for high-stakes state testing conducted in the spring. This past summer the school district made a strategic decision to forgo mini-assessments as the state wrestled with major changes to its standards and state assessments.

“Due to the administration of the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) in grades 9-11 and the administration of the ReadiStep assessment in grades 7-8, Lake County Schools is waiving the Lake Standards Assessments (LSA) and Lake Benchmark Tests (LBA) in English Language Arts and Math in grades 7-11 for the October testing window,” wrote Dr. David Christiansen, Chief Academic Officer at Lake County Schools, in a memorandum to Lake’s high and middle school principals.

Dr. Christiansen added, “The PSAT and READISTEP are national, standardized assessments from the College Board that provide comprehensive data reports on our students in the areas of Critical Reading, Math and Writing. These reports identify areas of development for the students in each area along with Advanced Placement (AP) Potential.”

Students in third through sixth grade will still be required to take district monitoring assessments next week as it will be the first benchmark of their performance. The ReadiStep and PSAT will be administered on Oct. 15. Students in grades 3-11 will take district monitoring assessments in February as teachers and schools will have one last look at their students’ progress before heading into the Florida Standards Assessments for English Language Arts and Math, which are slated to begin on March 23 for students in grades 3-4. A complete testing calendar for Lake County Schools is available online at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/page/480.

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