Who: Hillsborough County public school teachers, counselors, and administrators
What: AVID Summer Institute
Monday, June 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tampa Convention Center
How: For the second summer in a row, Tampa will host the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Summer Institute. This event brings more than 2,000 educators from across the nation together to learn the latest in AVID methodologies and strategies – including 460 teachers, counselors, and administrators from Hillsborough County Public Schools. This year’s theme is “Student Success Starts Here!”
Participants will select one of more than 40 AVID trainings to attend for the three days. During part of each day, teams from each school will collaborate to create a plan for the 2015-16 school year outlining how they will successfully implement AVID in their schools.
The district has 73 AVID sites (all middle and high schools), with implementation to elementary at four sites planned for the fall. AVID students learn the importance of organization, note taking, study skills, motivation, and leadership. AVID teachers and students focus on developing skills needed to be successful in life after graduation. They explore options through research, guest speakers, and career and college field trips.
The first round of state test scores released Friday show that Hillsborough County Public Schools students continue to excel on the U.S. History end-of-course exam. Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of the Hillsborough County students who took the U.S. History assessment scored in level 3 or above, which indicates a passing score. That’s a full 8 percentage points above the state average, and the highest in the Tampa Bay area and among the state’s largest school districts.
The scores released Friday also show that Hillsborough County passing scores on the Civics end-of-course assessment improved by 9 percentage points compared to last year, putting Hillsborough above the state average.
All told, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) released five categories of test scores on Friday. In addition to the U.S. History and Civics end-of-course exam scores, DOE released science scores for grades 5 and 8, as well Biology 1 end-of-course exam scores. Hillsborough students matched the state in the fifth grade science scores and scored two percentage points below the state on the eighth grade science scores as well as the Biology scores.
The scores released Friday do not include the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores. They will be released at a later date.
Click here to view the state assessment results on the Florida Department of Education website.
All Hillsborough County public schools and district offices will be closed on Fridays through the summer. This begins Friday, June 12 and continues through Friday, August 14. Summer hours Monday through Thursday are 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.