Washington County schools earn “C” grades

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 03:43 PM.

CHIPLEY — Washington County schools retained their “C” grade from the Department of Education for the third consecutive year, but district wide numbers took a noticeable jump.

"I'm very proud of the schools," said Superintendent Joseph Taylor. "All of the school points went up, and the district total is up by 30 points."

The last time the district received a “B” was 2011. However, of the four schools evaluated — Vernon Middle and Elementary schools, Kate M. Smith Elementary and Roulhac Middle School in Chipley —  the middle school remained unchanged from their rating as "C" schools, while KMS and VES both rose from a "B" rating to an "A."

The grades are based on each school's performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), which measures the aptitude and performance of students. The year-end state grades are used to determine whether a school

received state funding, or in worst cases, closed because of a failing grade.

According to the scores provided by the district, Kate M. Smith Elementary in Chipley rose the most, from 444 in 2013, which earned the school a "B" assignment from the state, to 528, an “A” grade, in 2014.

The assessment-based measures are based 50 percent on performance and 50 percent on learning gains, but the number scale varies, with elementary schools being grading on a 800 point scale, while middle schools are graded on a 900 point scale.

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