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PRESS RELEASE

July 19, 2005

Jacob DiPietre
(850) 488-5394
Melanie Mowry Etters
(850) 245-0413

School District Grades Announced
15 Districts Make an "A;" 23 districts show improvement

TALLAHASSEE — Today Governor Jeb Bush and Commissioner of Education John Winn announced grades for Florida's 67 school districts for 2005. Overall, 15 districts earned an "A," 27 a "B," 22 a "C," and 3 a "D." No Florida school districts received an "F." The district grades are calculated with the same components as school grades: student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), student learning gains and the learning gains of the lowest 25 percent.

"Students, teachers and administrators should be proud of the magnificent progress we have made," said Governor Jeb Bush. "We continue to raise the bar on standards, and our school districts continue to meet the challenge."

In 2005, Florida's standards were raised in writing and the learning gains of students with disabilities and limited English proficiency were included in the school grades calculation. In the short term, higher standards often result in lower grades but district grades this year reflect only small changes from 2004 when 15 earned an "A," 33 a "B," 16 a "C," and 3 a "D."

The 2005 "A" districts are: Brevard, Calhoun, Charlotte, Clay, Gilchrist, Indian River, Leon, Martin, Nassau, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, and Seminole. A complete list of district grades is attached.

The Department of Education has been calculating district grades since 2002. Since that time, 10 school districts have received an "A" grade for four consecutive years. Those districts are: Brevard, Charlotte, Clay, Leon, Martin, Okaloosa, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, and Seminole.

"I am pleased to see 10 school districts have been able to maintain continuously high student achievement," said Commissioner John Winn. "The dedication and hard work of students, teachers and administrators has kept them at the top, and I congratulate everyone involved for this distinguished accomplishment."

Despite higher standards, 23 districts saw an increase in grade points over 2004.

The top 10 districts increasing their grade points are:

  • Duval 22 point increase
  • Gadsden 21 point increase
  • Miami-Dade 13 point increase
  • Indian River 13 point increase
  • Orange 11 point increase
  • Union 11 point increase
  • Hernando 10 point increase
  • Pinellas 9 point increase
  • Bay 9 point increase
  • Franklin 8 point increase

"The extraordinary efforts of our school districts to foster an environment of rising student achievement are paying off with tangible results," said Commissioner Winn. "The improvements made to our schools in the past seven years will make a difference in the lives of our students throughout their academic and professional careers."

For more information, please visit www.fldoe.org.

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