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Date of Issue: August 11, 2010

AME stays "A" school

The results of the 2009-10 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores are finally known, and Anna Maria Elementary School has received another “A” grade.

“There really weren’t many surprises this year. When the teachers work closely with the students, follow the student data throughout the year, remediate in the area of weaknesses, the teachers have a pretty good handle on how they will respond on the test,” said AME principal Tom Levengood.

This year’s third-grade class scored 91 percent above FCAT-Level 3 in math and reading.

Fourth-graders scored 88 percent above Level 3 in reading and math. In writing, 97 percent scored above Level 3.

Fifth-grade students scored 74 above Level 3 in reading and scored 63 percent in above Level 3 in math.

The third- and fourth-grade classes improved in almost every category, but fifth-graders dropped significantly in all tested areas.

Levengood said he wants to see an improvement in the fifth-grade level, but says the decrease wasn’t a shock.

“I did expect to see a slight drop in scores because this particular group of students has had lower scores than the class above and below them for several years running. But I didn't expect to see this much of a drop,” said Levengood.


Coming together

Kern Construction is working to complete an outdoor classroom on the bayfront at Anna Maria Elementary School. Jerry Kern, center, said others helping at their cost are Sego Engineering, Bringman Roofing, Island Lumber and Frank Collangelo Painting. Funding started three years ago when the AME-Parent Teacher Organization committee designated some of the funds it raises at its Spring Fling to build the outdoor learning center. The classroom will be used by students studying sea life and the ecosystem of the bay waters. AME is one of only a handful of schools statewide that benefit from a waterfront location. Islander Photo: Mike Kern