Washington county school officials are celebrating a successful report card. School officials say the new formula gives a better picture of each school's overall progress.
"We are ecstatic about what they've been able to do this past school year!" Sandra Cook, Washington Co. School Superintendent says.
It's an exciting day for Vernon and Chipley High Schools in Washington County.
"Chipley High School went from a "c" to a "b" for high school grades and Vernon High School went from a "d" to a "c."
Vernon High School actually improved from a "d" to a "b" but was penalized a full letter grade for failing to meet adequate improvements with their bottom 25% of students.
School officials are pleased with the new 50-50 formula that puts less emphasis on the FCAT.
"The FCAT itself is just a snapshot but when you begin to look at other factors, you begin to have more of an album, a big picture of factors that's involved as opposed to one particular factor," says Chipley High School Principal Steve Griffin.
"You earn points for it; both schools did exceptionally well, Vernon High School got points for absolutely every aspect of all the different points available," Cook says.
"To me, it would equate to them almost winning like an FCAT Superbowl, to come out of the shadow of being a "d" school and the only "d" school in the county, that doesn't exemplify what we are here," says Brian Riviere, Vernon High School Principal.
School administrators say there was no recipe for their success other than good ole fashioned hard work.
"We're very proud and very proud of our teachers and our students," Griffin says.
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