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Monday, January 23, 2012

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Seminole County Ranks Among Top Ten in 2011 Florida School Districts Ranking

Tallahassee - Seminole County School District ranked seventh in the list of 67 state school districts in a numerical ranking released today by the Florida Department of Education. The district-by-district ranking is the first phase of an initiative that will soon include a list of all of the schools in the state ranked by number within the three main school groupings: elementary, middle and high school. The goal is to make it easier for parents to assess school district performance.

"Achieving recognition as a top performing district reflects the professionalism and expertise of Seminole County Public School teachers, administrators, and support staff, as well as the dedication of our students, families and community," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Vogel. "The journey to excellence and equity is just that, a journey, and all Florida school districts should be commended for their commitment to improving student achievement."

Dr. Vogel added that Seminole County Public Schools recognizes that preparing students for success in a global economy requires the ability to be change-adept, not inept.

"In order to ensure our students are served by a high-quality teaching staff, the district has invested resources to provide teacher and administrator professional development, with particular emphasis on Professional Learning Communities, Lesson Study and Cooperative Learning," said Dr. Vogel. "Simultaneously, school and district staff work cooperatively to customize school schedules, programs, and instructional technology resources to the specific needs of the students at each school."

The numerical ranking is based on each school's total points derived from FCAT scores. The total is the sum of scores for reading, math, science and writing; learning gains in reading and math; and scores for learning gains in reading and math among the lowest 25 percent of students in each school. The school district ranking is determined by the school grade points they earned based on the assessment scores of all students in the district that were enrolled for the full year.

"Seminole County deserves congratulations for this accomplishment," said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "Ranking in the top ten takes commitment, hard work and collaboration not only from those within the educational setting; it takes the support of the entire community."

Commissioner Robinson added that everyone benefits when students receive a high-quality education: parents, educators and taxpayers.

The district rankings can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/SchoolDistrictRanking/. You can view Commissioner Robinson's comments regarding the rankings at http://www.youtube.com/educationfl.