Washington County schools receive “C” grades

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

CHIPLEY — Washington County schools retained their “C” grade from the Department of Education for the second year in a row.

The last time the district received a “B” was 2011. However, all but one of the four schools evaluated — Vernon Middle and Elementary schools, Kate M. Smith Elementary and Roulhac Middle School in Chipley —  scored a “B” level.

The Assessment-Based Performance and Learning Gains Measures were released last week, and Washington County School District received a C rating, which came as no surprise to Superintendent Joe Taylor.

“It was what we expected,” Taylor said. “The FCAT scores were already out and from there we can pretty much figure where we are going to be in the elementary and middle schools.” High school scores are more difficult to guess, Taylor added, because there are more factors which are added into the grading process. “Those results usually come out in September.”

According to the scores provided by the district, Kate M. Smith Elementary in Chipley dropped the most, with the total points scored dropping from 528 (which would be an “A” grade) in 2012 to 444 (a “C” grade) in 2013.

The grade “B” is considered to be a score of 495 to 524 points. The assement-based measures are based 50 percent on performance and 50 percent on learning gains, but a number of factors go into determining the assessments, so the grade is not a measure of just test scores.

Vernon Elementary School earned a “B” with a total points earned of 518, which was actually an improvement over the 2012 “C” grade with a score of 484.

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