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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Two Broward County Schools Honored for Outstanding Federal and State Achievements

Two schools in Broward County were recognized during today’s State Board of Education meeting in Tampa for their incredible performance on both state and federal accountability standards.

James S. Hunt Elementary, 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.

Boulevard Heights Elementary, which has a student population of more than 57 percent who are economically disadvantaged, has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap between White and minority students for the last two years, maintained a state school grade of “A” for the last two years and has met AYP requirements for two consecutive years.

Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith says of the schools
“The students, teachers and administrators at these schools are showing not just our state, but also the nation, that educational excellence and quality do not have to be victims of challenge and that success is achievable in any learning environment. My heartfelt congratulations go out to each school and I look forward to seeing what else they can accomplish as we move forward.”