16 Leon County Elementary and Middle Schools Receive A Grade

By: Eyewitness News; Associated Press; LCS Release
By: Eyewitness News; Associated Press; LCS Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- July 11, 2012 -- Noon --

The Florida Department of Education has released school grades for elementary and middle schools in the state. The commissioner says today's grades are moving the system in the right direction.

The Florida Department of Education released school grades this morning. We sat in on the conference call as the commissioner announced that most school districts' number elementary and middle schools declined in the number of A schools, but Franklin and Madison were among the five counties that saw an increase in A's.

In Leon County, 50 percent of schools received an A. Administrators say that's an increase over the previous year,

While 43 percent of the state elementary and middle schools received an A grade, 20 of 32 Leon County elementary and middle schools scored an A or B.

Four Leon County schools improved from a B to an A. Those are W.T. Moore, Roberts, Sealey and Kate Sullivan elementary schools.

Once again no Leon County schools earned an F.

51 Florida school districts had no F schools.

Wakulla Public Schools Earn Top Grades for 2011-2012 School Year

July 12, 2012

Florida Department of Education released elementary and middle school grades for the 2011-2012 year and Wakulla County School District rated top scores. “Even with new, more rigorous standards and higher cut scores, our students and teachers did an amazing job of meeting the challenges,” stated Superintendent David Miller.

Riversink Elementary, Crawfordville Elementary, Shadeville Elementary, and Wakulla Middle School each earned an “A” rating.

Medart Elementary missed an “A” by 2 points on an 800 point scale and Riversprings Middle missed by 11 points on a 900 point scale. Both schools earned a high “B”.

COAST Charter School earned a “C”.

Throughout Florida, 15% of schools grades K-8 dropped from an “A” they earned last year, most likely due to the tougher standards and higher cut scores.

High school grades are not released until much later in the school year due to 50% of their grade being based on data that comes in later such as Advanced Placement scores and Graduation Rate. Wakulla High School is on track to do as well or better than last year when they earned enough points for an “A” but were lowered to a “B” due to some at-risk students taking five years to graduate instead of four.

“We know that the movement towards tough national standards will continue to increase, but we are ready in terms of the teacher professional development that takes place continuously in Wakulla. Our mission is always to prepare our students to be competitive with other students across the country and throughout the world,” noted Superintendent Miller.

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Tallahassee, Florida- July 11, 2012

Tallahassee, Florida- July 1, 2012

Today, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) released grades for the state’s elementary and middle schools. Overall, Florida students and teachers again exceeded expectations – with a higher bar in place, they showed they are capable of meeting new, more globally-competitive standards.

There was an expected, overall drop in the number of A-grade schools, a total of 47 schools received F grades, 15 more than the previous year, despite the increase in student performance standards. Out of 2,513 schools that were graded last year, 1,124 earned A-grade designations this year. More than half of schools increased their grade or received the same grade under the new standards.

“When athletes compete in the pole vault at this summer’s Olympics, they will be aiming for a bar that’s higher than their predecessors’ targets,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “In 1896, Olympic gold was achieved with a leap of 3.30 meters. By comparison, the 2008 Games saw a record of 5.96 meters. We expect our athletes to break their own records. Why would we not demand the same, if not more, from our students? New challenges, technology and techniques lead to new achievements. That is exactly what we want for our children.”

In addition, this year, Florida included all students into the proficiency portion of the testing calculation, including English-language learners with at least one year of instruction in English, along with students with disabilities. Including them in the achievement portion of the school grading formula gives schools an extra incentive to provide the additional assistance these students might need in order to have the opportunity to learn and achieve.

“These students can learn,” added Levesque. “Students with disabilities were added to Florida’s school grading formula growth component in the 2004-05 year, and their performance has steadily climbed since. We should expect the same to hold true in the performance category, as schools are held accountable for students with disabilities.”

Florida students have made significant academic improvements over the years, moving from third from the bottom to 11th in the country. It is because of these improvements that it was time for Florida to raise a bar that had not been elevated in a decade.

“The world is constantly changing,” Levesque continued. “We must work to ensure tomorrow’s graduates are equipped for success in a global economy. History shows that every time the bar has gone up, student learning has gone up as well.”

Florida’s new standards are part of a bigger, long-term plan to ensure Sunshine State students are well-positioned for the Common Core State Standards, which will take effect in the 2014-15 school year. Described as “fewer, higher, and clearer,” these new standards were developed by the Sunshine State and 45 other states for English-Language Arts and Math. Common Core State Standards are benchmarked to international standards and aligned with college-entrance and employee expectations.

“Florida is in its own race to the top, and we have to raise the bar,” concluded Levesque. “In a changing world filled with careers that increasingly require critical thinking and problem-solving skills, we need to help all Florida students rise to higher standards that will prepare them for success.”

For more information about how Florida is leading the nation in education, visit www.AFloridaPromise.org.

Florida parents are encouraged to visit http://parents.fldoe.org/join to sign up for direct updates from the Florida Department of Education.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- July 11, 2012 -

The number of highly-rated schools in Florida is dropping sharply this year.

Florida education officials on Wednesday released annual school grades that showed a 24 percent drop in the number of A-rated elementary, middle and combination schools.

Last year the state had 1,481 schools receive A grades. This year the number dropped to 1,124 schools.

The number of schools that received D and F grades increased.

Each year the state hands out A-to-F grades that are used to reward top schools and sanction those that get failing marks.

Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson earlier this month warned that the school grades would drop because of recent changes to the state's grading system.

The State Board of Education in May voted not to let any school drop more than one letter grade.

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Tallahassee, FL— July 11, 2012 -

Today, the Florida Department of Education released elementary and middle school grades for the 2011-2012 school year. These scores reflect the state’s increase in rigor and higher cut scores for the FCAT.

“While the state continues to focus on increasing standards and rigor our students, teachers and community rose to the challenge,” said Superintendent of Schools Jackie Pons. “We have some of the best teachers and the top leadership team in the state of Florida and it is because of their hard work and dedication that we have been an A district for 8 straight years.”

50% of LCS schools received an A (an increase over the previous year), while 43% of the state elementary and middle schools received an A grade (down 13% from the previous year). 20 of 32 LCS elementary and middle schools scored an A or B. Four LCS schools improved from a B to an A: Moore, Roberts, Sealey and Sullivan. Once again no LCS schools earned an F.


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