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Board raises the stakes on science class

Students who do poorly in science could end up in summer school.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 19, 2001


Add science to the list of subjects that could land a student in summer school.

Previously, poor performances in reading, writing and math were the three subjects students had to pass to avoid a summer session. But with a new state standardized test in science due out next year, the Pasco County School Board added science to that list at its meeting Tuesday night.

Earlier this year, the district gave teachers the criteria they should use to pick out their lowest achievers in science. Instead, district administrators selected what they consider to be the most important concepts at each grade level and have told teachers to use those standards in deciding which kids need extra help.

School officials said they don't expect many kids to end up in summer school based on a poor performance only in science. Kids who end up in summer school typically struggle in all their classes, said Assistant Superintendent Sandy Ramos.

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