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Duval only district in state to increase "A"schools and decrease "F" Schools

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The Florida Department of Education has released the 2012 school grades for Duval County Public Schools. Despite the anticipated decrease in school grades, Duval County Public Schools was the only school district in the state to increase the number of "A" schools and decrease the number of "F" schools.

"A decrease in school grades was expected because of the increased rigor," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "While we have seen some reductions, they are not as drastic as we anticipated. I commend our teachers and principals for their hard work in preparing our students for the most rigorous expectations in the country."

The higher standards were implemented to better prepare students for college and the workforce. Florida Department of Education officials have been moving to higher academic standards, new assessments that measure students’ progress toward meeting the standards, and higher achievement levels for reading and math. The higher standards, assessments and achievement levels were used to determine school grades this year.

Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson addressed a letter to parents and guardians earlier this month explaining the anticipated drop in students and schools’ grades.

This year in Duval County, 115 schools out of the 142 schools earned excellent, good or satisfactory grades, while four schools received a "D" or "F. " All of our 21 high schools are still awaiting their grades, which incorporate access to and performance in accelerated coursework, college readiness and graduation rates. High school scores are scheduled to be released in December.

The shining stars in this year’s results include Highlands Elementary School, which improved by three letter grades from an "F" to a "B," and Cedar Hills Elementary, which also rose three letter grades from a "D" to an "A." The following elementary schools improved by two letter grades: Fishweir (C to A), Arlington (C to A), Spring Park (C to A), Carter G. Woodson (C to A), North Shore (D to B), George Washington Carver (D to B), Brentwood (F to C), John Love (F to C), KIPP (F to C), and River City Science Academy Elementary (C to A).

School grades are based on the following items:

  • Student proficiency in FCAT Reading, Math, Science and Writing, including students with disabilities and English language learners;
  • The percentage of students making one year gains in reading and math; and
  • The percentage of the lowest performing students making one year gains in reading and math

Additional criteria for high schools includes:

  • The percentage of students who participate in college level courses (AP, IB, AICE and Dual Enrollment);
  • The percentage of students who successfully complete college level courses;
  • Overall graduation rates and at-risk students’ graduation rates; and
  • College readiness in reading and math

The 2012 FCAT results released in May reported that more Duval County students are performing at or above grade level in reading, math and science even with the new standards in place. Complete state, district and school-level summary reports are available at: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

2012 School Grades
-Based on 142 schools that received grades-
2010/2011 2011/2012
A 48 49
B 29 29
C 41 37
D 15 23
F 5 4
Pending 19 21

Note: Charter Schools are included in the numbers above

  • 18 schools went up one letter grade. Ten schools went up two letter grades. Two schools went up three letter grades.
  • Highlands Elementary School improved by three letter grades from an "F" to a "B," and Cedar Hills Elementary rose three letter grades from a "D" to an "A."
  • 59 schools maintained their grade.
  • 80 percent of our schools made excellent, good or satisfactory grades.
  • The following schools improved their letter grades by two: Fishweir (C to A), Arlington (C to A), Spring Park (C to A), Carter G. Woodson (C to A), Reynolds Lane (C to A), Greenfield (C to A); North Shore (D to B), George Washington Carver (D to B), Brentwood (F to C), River City Science (C to A) and KIPP (F to C).
  • All of our 21 high schools are still awaiting their grades, which incorporate access to and performance in accelerated coursework, college readiness and graduation rates. High school scores are scheduled to be released late fall.
  • The number of Duval County Public Schools receiving an “A” or “B” slightly increased.

SOURCE: Jill Johnson, Duval County Public Schools

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