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Media AdvisoryTuesday, May 19, 2009
DOE Press Office
Orange County School Honored for Outstanding Federal and State Achievements
Rock Lake Elementary School in Orange County was recognized during today’s State Board of Education meeting in Tampa for its incredible performance on both state and federal accountability standards. The school, which has a student population of more than 68 percent who are economically disadvantaged, has maintained a state school grade of “A” for the last two years while at the same time meeting stringent federal requirements known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for more than five years.
Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith says of the school:
“Rock Lake Elementary proves that educational excellence and quality do not have to be victims of challenge. The students, teachers and administrators at this school are showing not just our state, but also the nation, that hard work and dedication do make a difference and that success is achievable in any learning environment. My heartfelt congratulations go out to the school and I look forward to seeing what else they can accomplish as we move forward.”