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PRESS RELEASE

August 11, 2005

Jennifer Fennell or
Cheryl Etters
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Winn Announces Results of 2005 School Grade Appeals
Number of appeals continues to decline

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced a continued decline in the number of appeals submitted to the Department of Education (DOE) regarding the school grading process under Governor Bush's A+ Plan and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This year, districts submitted appeals on behalf of 49 schools, including 23 school grade appeals, 20 AYP appeals and six for both school grades and AYP, a significant drop compared to a total of 68 appeals last year and 452 appeals the previous year. While appeals and grade changes were down, Florida saw a rise in the total number of schools making AYP.

"We have worked closely with the school districts to ensure the integrity of the data by reducing errors and to increase the efficiency and transparency of the process," said Commissioner Winn. "By striving for greater accountability and raising our school performance standards, we continue to put Florida's students on track for future success and achievement."

This year nine appeals were accepted, including four school grade appeals and five AYP appeals. Two appeals resulted in a school grade change, bringing the total number of "A" schools to 1,254 and the total number of "B" schools to 589. Four appeals, resulted in a change to a school's AYP designation from No or Provisional to Yes. Under NCLB, Florida now has 1,116 schools meeting the 30 AYP criteria, an increase of 55 percent over the number meeting AYP criteria last year.

In order to formally appeal a school grade or AYP designation, districts were required to submit an explanation and supporting data on behalf of the school to the DOE. Formal appeals state the schools' basis for appeal and must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. School districts were required to submit their school grade appeals by July 8, 2005.

2004-05 School Grade Distribution AFTER Appeals

TYPE A B C D F I Totals
ELEMENTARY 946 323 282 80 18 2 1,651
MIDDLE 192 144 153 32 8 1 530
HIGH 59 82 133 95 21 1 391
COMBINATION 57 40 50 24 31 0 202
Totals 1,254 589 618 231 78 4 2,774

School Grade Appeals 2004-05

District School District Name School Name Initial School Grade Post Appeal School Grade
05 0011 Brevard Titusville High School C C
06 0471 Broward Olsen Middle School C C
06 1241 Broward Northeast High School D D
06 1931 Broward Cooper City High School C C
06 5121 Broward Pembroke Pines Charter High School D D
13 7151 Dade Homestead Senior High School F F
16 1151 Duval School of Success Academy Charter High School F F
18 0031 Flagler Cornerstone Elementary School D D
29 0041 Hillsborough Adams Middle School B B
29 0131 Hillsborough Armwood High School D D
29 0191 Hillsborough Bay Crest Elementary School B B
29 0561 Hillsborough Buchanan Middle School C C
29 1361 Hillsborough Edison Elementary School F F
29 1471 Hillsborough Folsom Elementary School C C
29 1551 Hillsborough Gaither High School C C
32 0023 Jackson Jackson Academy of Applied Technology D D
36 0221 Lee Ft. Myers High School B A
36 0772 Lee Diplomat Middle School B B
38 0231 Levy Williston Elementary School   I
41 0212 Manatee Community High School F F
43 0221 Martin Indiantown Middle School C C
45 0151 Nassau Hilliard Middle Senior High School C C
48 0691 Orange Oak Ridge High School F F
48 1541 Orange Pinar Elementary School C B
50 3397 Palm Beach Riviera Beach Academy Charter School F F
53 0261 Polk Rochelle School of the Arts B B
56 0111 St. Lucie C.A. Moore Elementary School D D
56 0201 St. Lucie Ft. Pierce Westwood High School D D
56 0281 St. Lucie Village Green Elementary School B B

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Appeals 2004-05

District School District Name School Name Initial AYP Post Appeal AYP
05 0011 Brevard Titusville High School No No
06 1021 Broward Quest Center No Yes
09 0201 Citrus CREST School No Yes
10 0431 Clay Ridgeview High School Provisional Provisional
13 0101 Dade Arcola Lake Elementary School No No
13 4401 Dade Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School Provisional Provisional
13 6591 Dade North Dade Middle School No No
18 0031 Flagler Cornerstone Elementary School No No
29 0191 Hillsborough Bay Crest Elementary School Provisional Provisional
29 0441 Hillsborough Broward Elementary School No No
29 0631 Hillsborough Burnett Middle School Provisional Provisional
29 0802 Hillsborough Cimino Elementary School Provisional Provisional
29 0881 Hillsborough Cleveland Elementary School Provisional Provisional
29 1721 Hillsborough Grady Elementary School Provisional Provisional
29 2201 Hillsborough Kenly Elementary School No No
29 2471 Hillsborough Liberty Middle School Provisional Provisional
29 3801 Hillsborough Roosevelt Elementary School Provisional Provisional
32 0023 Jackson Jackson Academy of Applied Technology No No
32 0121 Jackson Malone School No No
32 0181 Jackson Grand Ridge School No No
38 0231 Levy Williston Elementary School No No
50 3397 Palm Beach Riviera Beach Academy Charter School No No
52 3461 Pinellas Ponce de Leon Elementary School Provisional Provisional
52 4171 Pinellas Skyview Elementary School Provisional Provisional
53 0092 Polk Doris Sanders Learning Center No Yes
53 0611 Polk Inwood Elementary School Provisional Provisional
78 0700 FL Connections Florida Connections Academy Provisional Yes