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Florida Schools Bring Home Bad Grades

By: Associated Press, James Buechele Email
By: Associated Press, James Buechele Email
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A look at some local school grades in the Big Bend area:

LEON

KATE SULLIVAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
ELIZABETH COBB MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
FRANK HARTSFIELD ELEMENTARY 2013: C 2012: B
SABAL PALM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
RUEDIGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
RAA MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
WOODVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
OAK RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
GRIFFIN MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
JOHN G RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
R. FRANK NIMS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: D
PINEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
GILCHRIST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
ASTORIA PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
W T MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
SEALEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
APALACHEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: D
FAIRVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: B
KILLEARN LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
CHAIRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
SPRINGWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
DESOTO TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
BUCK LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
DEERLAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
FORT BRADEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
HAWKS RISE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
SWIFT CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
CANOPY OAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
ROBERTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
BOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
WILLIAM J MONTFORD III MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
J MICHAEL CONLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
C.K. STEELE-LEROY COLLINS 2013: F 2012: D
THE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES 2013: A 2012: A
STARS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
IMAGINE SCHOOL AT EVENING ROSE 2013: C 2012: C
GOVERNOR'S CHARTER SCHOOL 2013: C

FRANKLIN

APALACHICOLA BAY CHARTER SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A

GADSDEN

GEORGE W. MUNROE ELEMENTARY 2013: C 2012: B
HAVANA MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
HAVANA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
GADSDEN ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
GREENSBORO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: B
CHATTAHOOCHEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: D
GRETNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
ST. JOHNS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
STEWART STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: B
JAMES A. SHANKS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
CROSSROAD ACADEMY 2013: A 2012: A

HAMILTON

CENTRAL HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
NORTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B

JEFFERSON

JEFFERSON COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: F

LAFAYETTE

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B

MADISON

MADISON COUNTY CENTRAL SCHOOL 2013: F 2012: D
LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
PINETTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A

SUWANNEE

SUWANNEE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
SUWANNEE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: C
BRANFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B

TAYLOR

TAYLOR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: C 2012: B
TAYLOR COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: D
STEINHATCHEE SCHOOL 2013: F 2012: D

WAKULLA

WAKULLA COAST CHARTER SCHOOL 2013: D 2012: C
MEDART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
RIVERSPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: B
RIVERSINK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
CRAWFORDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A
WAKULLA MIDDLE SCHOOL 2013: A 2012: A
SHADEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2013: B 2012: A


Press Release: Florida Department of Education

Tallahassee, Fla., July 26, 2013 – After considering input from education leaders around the state and recommendations from the State Board of Education, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett today announced 2012-13 preliminary school grades for elementary and middle schools.

Earlier this month, the State Board of Education took action to ensure stability and fairness in Florida’s school grading system. With this action, Commissioner Bennett and the department can focus on recognizing Florida’s highest performing schools and provide assistance to help lower-performing schools as the state prepares for the transition to Common Core State Standards.

“Florida's teachers and educators are the nation’s best and they have consistently improved the results of students in preparing them for a brighter future in college and careers,” said Governor Rick Scott. “By maintaining stability and high standards as we transition to Common Core State Standards, we are sending a clear signal that Florida’s students will be prepared for success in college and careers.”

Some changes approved by the State Board of Education in 2012 were applied to this year’s calculation of school grades for the first time. (Those changes are detailed in the attached FAQ and available online at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.)

The result is stability during the transition to Common Core State Standards in 2014-15, maintaining high standards and increasing opportunities for the department to assist schools most in need of assistance.

Based on preliminary grades, statewide, the number of “A” schools dropped from 48 percent to 29 percent while the number of “F” schools increased from 2 percent to 4 percent.

School Grades

Details of the school grades are available online at: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

“These results reflect Florida’s commitment to higher standards and the hard work our great educators have put in to become the nation’s best,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett. “I have no doubt that together we will continue to make our state the best place to learn, to work and to live. We still have a long way to go, but I am confident our schools and districts will rise to the challenge.”

“I applaud the commitment of our school and district leaders to the implementation of Common Core State Standards in 2014-15, which will free teachers to prioritize critical thinking and creativity in our students,” continued Commissioner Bennett. “This year’s grades highlight schools that require our immediate attention and support. The department will focus its attention on the schools most in need of assistance and work with educators to prepare them for the implementation of Common Core State Standards.”

“By acknowledging where our challenges are currently, we can best prepare for a successful future,” said Board Chairman Gary Chartrand. “Maintaining high and consistent standards between now and 2014-15 will ensure that students and teachers are prepared for the exciting new possibilities of Common Core State Standards.”

Business leaders around the state have joined superintendents and educators in supporting the transition plans to Common Core State Standards, which will bring more flexibility in the classroom along with higher standards to help students succeed in college, career and life.

“Florida’s school grading system helps the business community support classroom instruction by detailing where schools have improved and where many students still need help,” said Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “With this valuable information, businesses can step in to support our state’s dedicated teachers.”

“Governor Scott and Commissioner Bennett have come to the table with an accountable education system that demands higher standards and a network to provide resources to help students meet these high achievement levels,” said Dominic M. Calabro, president and chief executive officer of Florida TaxWatch. “This is critically important to ensuring the $20.3 billion Florida taxpayers invest in education is preparing our students for success.”

Since 1999, Florida has issued letter grades to more clearly communicate the quality of schools to parents and the public. As performance improved, changes were made to the way grades were calculated to ensure students continued making academic progress.

Changes to how grades are calculated are detailed on an FAQ sheet at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

The State Board approved those changes in 2012 but scheduled them to be implemented in 2013.

Earlier this month, the Board adopted Commissioner Bennett’s recommendation to prevent any individual’s school grade from dropping more than one letter grade in one year in order to transition to the more rigorous Common Core State Standards.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is releasing A to F grades for many of the state's public schools.

But the grades being released Friday underwent a last-minute change that will limit the number of schools that get F grades.

Earlier this month, the State Board of Education voted by a 4-3 margin to tweak the formula in such a way that as many as 150 schools will likely avoiding getting an F grade.

The decision to change the grading standards was done over the protest of some officials who said the move would confuse parents and mask the true performance of many schools.

Each year the state hands out A-to-F grades that are used to reward top schools and sanction those that get failing marks. Grades will be released for elementary and middle schools.


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