School district earns “A”
Nassau County continues to have an A-rated school district. The Florida Department of Education issued 2018-19 school and district grades July 11, marking the 20th anniversary of school grades.
Statewide leaders congratulated students and thanked educators for their role in increasing the percentage of schools earning an “A” or “B” grade to 63 percent and decreasing the number of “F” schools to just 15.
Commissioner of Educa-tion Richard Corcoran said, “Education is the means by which we free children from the shackles of ignorance. A community has a right to have key insights into its schools and school grades. Meeting that goal is essential for any community to truly provide future generations the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. We are pleased to share this spectacular news and to reiterate our commitment to ensuring Florida has the No. 1 education system in the nation.”
In Nassau County, only two schools received “B” grades – Callahan Middle School and Yulee Middle School. All other schools earned “A” grades. The Nassau County School District ranks third in the state, behind two charter school systems.
Statewide, the number of “A” schools in Florida continues to rise with 1,172 schools earning an “A” in 2018-19 compared to 1,043 in 2017-18. The percentage of schools earning an “A” increased to 36 percent, up from 31 percent in 2017-18.
Over half (51 percent) of Florida’s charter schools earned an “A” in 2018-19, compared to 32 percent of traditional public schools. Sixty-one percent of traditional public schools earned an “A” or “B” this year while 74 percent of charter schools did the same.
“It is a great day for education in Florida and today’s announcement shows we are on a successful trajectory,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We are resolute in our continued efforts to ensure that Florida students have the chance to receive a world-class education regardless of their circumstance. The ultimate gift we can give future generations is the ability to achieve their life’s ambitions. I appreciate our state’s hard-working educators who made it possible and applaud our students on a job well done.”
The Florida Department of Education calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including student achievement and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments and high school graduation rate. According to a FDOE press release, school grades provide parents and the general public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students.
In addition to school grades, the department also calculates district grades annually based on the same criteria.
Twenty-four districts are now graded “A” in Florida, and for the second year in a row, there are no districts graded “D” or “F.”
• Fifty-four of Florida’s 67 school districts are graded “A” or “B.”
• Five districts improved their district grade from a “B” in 2017-18 to an “A” in 2018-19.
• Three districts improv-ed their district grade from a “C” in 2017-18 to a “B” in 2018-19.