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July 29, 2004

MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Horne Announces Results of 2004 School Grade Appeals
More transparent process leads to efficient school grading and reduced appeals

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today touted the Department of Education's (DOE) more transparent process in school grading under Governor Bush's A+ Plan and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), resulting in fewer appeals and grade changes. While appeals and grade changes were down, Florida increased the number of 'A' schools and saw a rise in schools making AYP.

"We continue building on the integrity of our school grading system," Commissioner Horne said. "By developing a more effective process in determining the progress of our schools, we are reducing inaccuracies and broadening accountability in public education. Today's final results continue to show Florida is on the right track."

DOE has worked more closely with school districts, reducing errors in data reporting and developing a more efficient grading process. This year a total of 63 appeals were filed with DOE, 38 school grade appeals and 25 adequate yearly progress designations, compared to 452 appeals filed, 112 school grade appeals and 340 adequate yearly progress designation appeals the previous year.

This year, only five appeals resulted in a school grade change. Three schools went from a 'B' to an 'A' and two schools went from an 'F' to a 'P' (points only). These changes bring the statewide total of 'A' schools to 1,262, the largest amount in the state's history. Of the 25 schools submitting an appeal for AYP, five resulted in a change in a schools designation from No to Yes. Nearly 64 percent of schools met at least 9 out of 10 AYP criteria, with 23 percent meeting all criteria.

2003-2004 School Grade Distribution AFTER Appeals

Type A B C D F Totals
ELEMENTARY 962 319 259 62 10 1612
MIDDLE 197 117 137 25 17 493
HIGH SCHOOL 35 66 159 83 15 358
COMBINATION 68 38 60 14 7 187
Totals 1262 540 615 184 49 2650



School Grade Appeals
District School District Name School Name Initial School Grade Current School Grade
16 0481 Duval Thomas Jefferson Elementary School B B
16 0631 Duval Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School B B
16 0861 Duval Terry Parker High School D D
16 1651 Duval William M. Raines High School F F
29 1201 Hillsborough Dover Elementary School C C
29 1401 Hillsborough Egypt Lake Elementary School B B
29 2401 Hillsborough Lee Middle School B B
29 3281 Hillsborough Palm River Elementary School C C
29 3731 Hillsborough Robinson Senior High School D D
29 3951 Hillsborough Shaw Elementary School C C
29 4841 Hillsborough Wimauma Elementary School B B
29 4921 Hillsborough Witter Elementary School C C
53 0881 Polk Polk City Elementary School B B
02 0031 Baker Keller Intermediate School C C
50 2411 Palm Beach Indian Ridge School Reject
56 0201 St. Lucie Fort Pierce Westwood High School D D
48 0151 Orange Memorial Middle School D D
48 1651 Orange Cypress Creek Senior High School D D
50 0101 Palm Beach Allamanda Elementary School B B
46 0441 Okaloosa Oak Hill Elementary School B A
48 1231 Orange Windermere Elementary School B A
55 0441 St. Johns Durbin Creek Elementary School B A
48 0111 Orange Boone High School C C
48 0191 Orange Grand Avenue Elementary School D D
48 0661 Orange Colonial High School D D
13 3610 Dade Key Gate Charter School P P
48 0084 Orange Community Education Partners NW F P
48 0085 Orange Community Education Partners SE F P
50 3390 Palm Beach Survivors Charter School of Boynton Beach F F
53 0904 Polk Bartow Charter High School F F
53 1381 Polk Roosevelt Academy F F
05 2071 Brevard Stone Middle School B B
50 0651 Palm Beach Palm Springs Elementary School C C
50 3386 Palm Beach Toussaint L'Ouverture High School S S
48 0511 Orange Dillard Street Elementary School C C
48 1551 Orange Liberty Middle School B B
27 0181 Hernando Springstead High School C C
06 3011 Broward Stoneman Douglas High School B B
23 0061 Gulf Port St. Joe High School B B



Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Appeals 2004    
District School District Name School Name Initial AYP Current AYP
01 0081 Alachua Sidney Lanier Center No Yes
02 0013 Baker Maccelenny Elementary School No No
05 2212 Brevard Westside Elementary School No No
05 3091 Brevard Croton Elementary School No No
05 4021 Brevard Edgewood Middle School No No
05 4031 Brevard Mila Elementary School No No
05 4111 Brevard Thomas Jefferson Middle School No No
05 6507 Brevard Odyssey Charter School No No
06 0491 Broward Harbordale Elementary School No No
06 1291 Broward William T. McFatter Technical High School No No
09 0201 Citrus Crest School No Yes
13 0600 Dade Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter School No No
16 1701 Duval Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center No Yes
17 0922 Escambia Escambia Westgate Center No Yes
29 0571 Hillsborough Buckhorn Elementary School No No
29 3921 Hillsborough Seminole Elementary School No No
34 0022 Lafayette Lafayette Elementary School No No
35 0141 Lake Seminole Springs Elementary School No No
36 4103 Lee Lehigh Charter School No No
43 0000 Martin District Level AYP Appeal No No
46 9810 Okaloosa Gulf Coast Youth Academy No No
46 9812 Okaloosa Okaloosa Youth Academy No No
46 9814 Okaloosa Adolescent Substance Abuse Program No No
46 9817 Okaloosa Milton Girls Residential Juvenile Facility No No
48 5841 Orange Eccleston Elementary School No No
50 0951 Palm Beach Boca Raton Elementary School No No
50 2411 Palm Beach Indian Ridge School No No
53 0033 Polk Harrison Center for the Arts No Yes
53 1781 Polk Dundee Elementary School No No
54 0101 Putnam Kelley Smith Elementary School No No