As Florida’s use of the Florida Standards Assessments test ends, final results before the statewide switch to progress monitoring now show pass rates among students in most age groups only at about 50-percent.
Even so, Highlands County schools are lagging behind even the puny statewide numbers. Worst case are those taking the 6th-thru-8th grade Language Arts test where only 38-percent of students here got passing marks – that compares with 50-percent statewide. Highlands County students scored the highest in the Grade 3-5 Language Arts exam, where 45-percent earned a passing grade. That compared with 55-percent across Florida.
The Florida Department of Education released the FSA results earlier this week.
Avon Park city council members have taken action in cleaning up the City of Charm. They gave final approval to a solid waste ordinance that provides for twice a week pick-up for citizens and also cracks down on illegal dumping.
Code Enforcement chief Randy Labell showed the council pictures of residents who have emptied out entire houses and expected the city to pick it up and haul it away. He said the days of taxpayers picking up the tab for such actions are over.
A Highlands County man has been killed in a Volusia County traffic accident. Florida Highway Patrol officials say 22-year-old Nix Thomas reportedly was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 4.
The fatal wreck happened near Deltona. Authorities say Thomas was riding a motorcycle on I-4 east and was caught up in the multiple vehicle crash.