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Monday, January 23, 2012

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

Tallahassee - Gilchrist County School District ranked fifth 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.

"Gilchrist County School District is committed to providing a high quality, rigorous, educational experience for all students," said Superintendent Don Thomas. "We are a data-driven, student-centered district consisting of outstanding teachers, hard-working administrators, motivated students, and a supportive community."

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.

"Gilchrist 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.