Elia wasn't the only superintendent to speak on the issue to the state Board of Education, which met in Tampa last month. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County schools, also raised concerns, saying that if schools show increased academic performance along with plummeting grades, the public won't understand what is happening.
Pasco has more than 80 public schools that have been all over the place in terms of their ups and downs in standardized test results over the years. Larson is hoping to see more consistency and an overall improvement in the future. Efforts have begun to accomplish that, she said.