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PRESS RELEASE

August 4, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Winn Announces Results of 2006 School Grades Appeals
Improved data quality leads to decline in appeals

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced that Florida school districts are improving at quality data management which is leading to a decline in the number of school grade appeals. Each year, school districts may submit appeals to the Department of Education (DOE) for school grades under Governor Jeb Bush's A+ Plan for Education and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designations required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. This year, districts submitted appeals on behalf of 33 schools, including 14 school grade appeals, 11 AYP appeals and eight for both school grades and AYP, down from 49 appeals last year and 68 appeals the previous year.

"I applaud the school districts for their improved data management," said Commissioner Winn. "Transparency and understandability are critical to the success of our accountability system. By successfully managing data and minimizing errors, we can better serve the students and families of Florida."

This year 19 appeals were accepted, including six school grade appeals and eight AYP appeals. In addition, five for both school grades and AYP appeals were accepted. The appeals resulted in improving the grade for a number of schools with two schools now earning a "B", seven schools now earning a "C" and two schools earning a "D". Nine appeals, resulted in a change to a school's AYP designation from No or Provisional to Yes. Under NCLB, Florida now has 918 schools meeting the 39 AYP criteria. Some schools that received a change in their school grade also experienced a change in their AYP status.

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 13, 2006.

2005-06 School Grade Distribution*

TYPE A B C D F I Points Only Totals
ELEMENTARY 943 360 289 36 7 2 2 1,639
MIDDLE 353 103 61 5 2 0 7 531
HIGH 64 95 146 66 11 2 16 400
COMBINATION 107 52 74 13 3 2 33 284
Totals 1,467 610 570 120 23 6 58 2,854

*As of August 2, 2006

School Grade Appeals 2005-06

District School District Name School Name Initial School Grade Current School Grade
06 0592 Broward Hallandale Adult Community Center Points Only Points Only
06 5345 Broward North Lauderdale Academy High School I C
13 1601 Miami-Dade Edison Park Elementary School I D
13 6981 Miami-Dade Westview Middle School F D
13 7251 Miami-Dade Miami Central Senior High School F F
13 9732 Miami-Dade Merrick Education Center I I
17 1271 Escambia O.A.S.I.S. F F
19 0091 Franklin Carrabelle High School C C
25 0021 Hardee Hardee Senior High School I C
29 0051 Hillsborough Sheehy Elementary School D C
36 0231 Lee Harns Marsh Elementary School D C
36 4143 Lee City of Cape Coral Charter School D C
41 0181 Manatee Manatee High School D D
41 0212 Manatee Community High School I F
43 0241 Martin South Fork High School I B
50 1361 Palm Beach John I. Leonard High School D D
50 1441 Palm Beach Melaleuca Elementary School B B
50 2301 Palm Beach Glades Central Community High School D D
50 2351 Palm Beach Orchard View Elementary School D C
50 2911 Palm Beach Western Academy Charter School D C
50 3396 Palm Beach G-Star Charter School C C
50 3861 Palm Beach Seminole Ridge Community High School D C

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Appeals 2005-06

District School DistrictName School Name InitialAYP CurrentAYP
06 0991 Broward Wingate Oaks Center No No
06 1021 Broward Quest Center No Yes
06 5345 Broward North Lauderdale Academy High School I No
13 1601 Miami-Dade Edison Park Elementary School I No
13 6010 Miami-Dade Florida International Academy Charter School No No
13 7251 Miami-Dade Miami Central Senior High School No No
13 9732 Miami-Dade Merrick Education Center I I
16 2521 Duval Alden Road Exceptional Education Center No Yes
17 0922 Escambia Escambia Westgate Center No Yes
19 0091 Franklin Carrabelle High School No No
25 0021 Hardee Hardee Senior High School I No
29 4562 Hillsborough Caminiti Exceptional Center No Yes
36 4143 Lee City of Cape Coral Charter School No Yes
41 0212 Manatee Community High School I No
43 0241 Martin South Fork High School I Provisional
44 0201 Monroe Sugarloaf School Provisional Yes
44 0291 Monroe Key Largo School Provisional Yes
50 1801 Palm Beach Royal Palm School No Yes
50 2911 Palm Beach Western Academy Charter School No No
53 0092 Polk Doris Sanders Learning Center No Yes
63 0021 Union Union County High School No No