For those elementary schools that are on the state of Florida’s list of 300 lowest performing in reading, the state requires an additional hour of reading specific instruction. This additional hour is added to the end of the traditional school day. The school rankings are based on the percentage of students who passed the FCAT reading portion and the percentage who showed improvement.
Exemption from mandatory student participation extends only to those students who earned a 5 on the reading portion of the FCAT.
During the 2012-2013 school year, 15 elementary schools were affected. For the current 2013-2014 school year, 32 elementary school are affected.
Dr. Mark Strauss, Director of School Performance and Accountability for Broward County Schools indicated the program appears to be working; however, there is concern among some parents the extra hour is pushing the students too much.
More than 70 percent of the schools involved in the additional hour of reading instruction saw a higher percentage of their students pass the reading section of the FCAT according to a report by the Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability.
The elementary schools that will add an extra hour are: Broward Community Charter School – Coral Springs, Broward Estates Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, Castle Hill Elementary – Lauderhill, C. Robert Markham Elementary – Pompano Beach, Charles Drew Elementary – Pompano Beach, Colbert Elementary – Hollywood, Cypress Elementary – Pompano Beach, Fairway Elementary – Miramar, Lake Forest Elementary – Pembroke Park, Larkdale Elementary – Lauderhill, Lloyd Estates Elementary – Oakland Park, Martin Luther King Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, North Fork Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, North Lauderdale Elementary – North Lauderdale, North Side Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, Oriole Elementary – Lauderdale Lakes, Palmview Elementary – Pompano Beach, Park Lake Elementary – Lauderdale Lakes, Park Ridge Elementary – Pompano Beach, Pinewood Elementary – North Lauderdale, Plantation Elementary – Plantation, Pompano Beach Elementary – Pompano Beach, Rock Island Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, Royal Palm Elementary – Lauderhill, Somerset Academy – Hollywood, Tedder Elementary – Pompano Beach, Thurgood Marshall Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, Walker Elementary – Fort Lauderdale, Watkins Elementary – Pembroke Park, West Hollywood Elementary – Hollywood, and Westwood Heights Elementary – Fort Lauderdale.
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