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Monday, January 30, 2012

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(850) 245-0413

Florida Schools Measured for Success

- School rankings allow Floridians to compare performance at all grade levels -

"Floridians care about education and it is critical that our students have access to world-class schools that will give them a pathway to a successful career," said Governor Rick Scott. "Measuring each school's performance helps gauge our progress toward that goal."

The numerical ranking is based on each school's total school grade points, which are calculated based on the following criteria:

Elementary, Middle and High Schools:
  • Points are derived from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores.
  • The total score includes the sum of the percent of students:
    • Enrolled for the full school year who score at certain achievement levels on reading, mathematics, science and writing.
    • With learning gains in reading and math.
    • That previously scored in the lowest 25 percent on reading and math who make learning gains.
Additional Components for High Schools:
  • Graduation rates.
  • Student participation and performance in accelerated coursework.
  • Postsecondary readiness.

"Measuring a school's ability to boost academic achievement helps ensure that we are providing a high-quality education for our students," said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "Having the data available in an easy-to-use format allows parents, educators, and business and community leaders to view the information and make decisions about how they can be involved in education decisions in their local communities."

For the complete listing of school rankings, visit http://www.fldoe.org/Ranking/Schools.

Last week the Florida Department of Education published a ranking of all 67 school districts in the state, which can be viewed at http://www.fldoe.org/SchoolDistrictRanking/.