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Press Release: Gadsden County Schools

More ‘A’s in Gadsden

Chattahoochee Elementary and Havana Middle Earn First A’s in History

The 2014 school grades report is in and it’s one that everyone in the community can be proud of!! The Gadsden County School District is in line to have more schools earn the high performing status of ‘A’ or ‘B’.

The most noteworthy A’s earned in 2014 were pinnacle moments for two local schools. For the second consecutive year, Chattahoochee Elementary received historical news. The school earned its first ever B in 2013 under the watchful leadership of Principal Valencia Denson and in 2014 the school has earned its first ‘A’!! Havana Middle School also earned its first ‘A’ with Principal Delshauna Jackson at the helm. “This is also the first secondary school in the district to earn an ‘A’ and I am genuinely excited about what this means for the future of our secondary schools” stated Superintendent James. Gadsden Elementary Magnet earned an ‘A’ for the tenth consecutive year in a row. Gretna Elementary rounded out the top schools with a grade of ‘B’.

The district has seen a steady increase in ‘A’ schools from three in 2012 to four in 2013 and an anticipated 5 in 2014. Crossroad and Stewart Street, who have consistently earned A’s, are receiving a quality control review to ensure no testing anomalies existed. Shanks Middle also received an ‘I’ due to the state review, however district officials expect grades to be released before the end of July. “Stewart Street, Crossroad and Shanks are great schools with dynamic principals, dedicated teachers and brilliant students. We applaud the efforts of the Florida Department of Education to ensure all results are valid and error free. We invite our community to come and see just what is making our schools succeed. These grades are reflective of the hard work of teachers, students and administrators”, stated James.

“It wasn’t an overnight turnaround. There has been a lot of sweat and tears from our faculties and staffs, but most importantly from our students and their parents. We have invested in the belief that NO EXCUSES will be accepted and we have worked every day to ensure every child was learning. Ten years later, we can say that we are on the right path” remarked Superintendent James on Friday.

(Information below is listed in the order of School, grade for 2012, 2013, 2014)

Chattahoochee Elementary
D
B
A

Havana Middle
C
C
A

GEMS
A
A
A

Stewart Street
B
A
A*

Crossroad
A
A
A*

Gretna Elementary
A
A
B

Greensboro Elementary
B
B
C

George W. Munroe Elementary
B
C
D

St. John Elementary
C
C
D

Havana Elementary
C
D
F

Shanks Middle School
C
D
D*

East Gadsden High School
C
C
Due 12/14

West Gadsden High School
D
D
Due 12/14

Visit our district website at: www.gcps.k12.fl.us


Press Release: Leon County Schools

Florida Department of Education Releases

School and District Grade Results

Tallahassee—The Florida Department of Education released 2013-14 district grades and elementary and middle school grades today.

Leon County Schools' district grade improved to a "B."

Eighty-three percent (83%) of all elementary schools earned an "A," "B," or "C." Notably, Chaires Elementary School increased from a "B" to an "A" and Apalachee and Springwood Elementary Schools increased from a "C" to a "B." Oak Ridge Elementary School improved from a "D" to a "C."

Middle Schools

2014 School Grade 2013 School Grade
Cobb Middle School A B
Deerlake Middle School A A
Fairview Middle School B B
Ft. Braden School B C
Griffin Middle School C D
Montford Middle School A A
Nims Middle School C D
Raa Middle School A C
Swift Creek Middle School A A

Five middle schools improved their school grade by one or more letter grades.

For the fourth year in a row, Leon County Schools has no "F" schools.

"Understanding this was the last year of the FCAT and the old school grading model, I couldn't be more proud of our students, teachers, and administrators. Our school grades are evidence of their hard work and dedication," said Superintendent Jackie Pons. "I am confident that we will be ready for the new standards, tests, and school accountability system in the coming school year."

Of note, in the 14-15 school year, we will implement

New Florida Standards (formerly known as Common Core)
New State Assessment (Florida Standardized Assessment)
New School Grading and Accountability Model

**As a reminder, high school grades will not be released until later in the year.


Press Release: FL Department of Education

Friday, July 11, 2014

Big Bend Schools Earn "A" Grades as State Prepares for New Grading System with Focus on Student Success Factors

Tallahassee, Fla., July 11, 2014 - The number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary "A" grade increased by 195 (7 percentage points) over last year in the final year of the current grading system, according to preliminary data released today by the Department of Education. Overall, 962 elementary and middle schools statewide earned the top grade.

The number of schools earning a preliminary "F" grade this year also increased. The Department is focused on ensuring all low performing schools are provided the necessary assistance and support they need to help their students achieve.

"The increase in the number of schools earning an 'A' this year is great news for students and teachers who have worked hard for this success," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "I appreciate the work by the educators, students and their families in the Big Bend and know they will continue to improve in the future."

Highlights in the Big Bend include:

--Dixie County increased the number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary grade of "A" by one school in 2013-14, an improvement over last year (2012-13) when Dixie County had no schools with an "A." Dixie County has no schools with a preliminary grade of "D" or "F" in 2013-14.

--One Gadsden County school, Havana Middle School, improved two letter grades from a "C" to a preliminary grade of "A" between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

--Leon County increased the number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary grade of "A" by two schools in 2013-14, with 32 percent of Leon County schools now earning an "A" compared to 27 percent in 2012-13. In addition, one Leon County school, Raa Middle School, improved two letter grades from a "C" to an "A" between 2012-13 and 2013-14. Leon County has no schools with a preliminary grade of "F."

--Madison County increased the number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary grade of "A" by one school in 2013-14, an improvement over last year (2012-13) when Madison County had no schools with an "A."

--Taylor County increased the number of elementary and middle schools earning a preliminary grade of "A" by one school in 2013-14, an improvement over last year (2012-13) when Taylor County had no schools with an "A." In addition, two Taylor County schools improved two letter grades between 2012-13 and 2013-14. Taylor County has no schools with a preliminary grade of "F."

This is the final year school grades will be calculated using the current formula. The new grading system next year will support the more rigorous Florida Standards and the Florida Standards Assessment which will replace the FCAT. The new school grading formula will be more simple and transparent.

"The new grading system that will start next year will continue to be crafted with input from parents, teachers and educators," added Stewart. "Its focus on student achievement and gains will help ensure a fair accountability system that helps measure student knowledge of the new Florida Standards."

More information can be found at www.fldoe.org.


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