County elementary school grades slip

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

Across the state school districts are having a bit of sticker shock concerning this year’s assessment test scores and school grades.

Gulf County felt a bit of a jolt last week.

The county’s two public elementary schools each saw their Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores fall and last week the Florida Department of Education released school grades.

Port St. Joe Elementary School dropped from an ‘A’ to a ‘B’, snapping two-straight years as an ‘A’ school.

The school has been an ‘A’ school five of the past seven years; the other two years it was graded a ‘B’ school.

Wewahitchka Elementary School remained a ‘C’ school, largely due to a decision last week by the Florida Board of Education to prevent schools from dropping more than one letter grade this year, the final year of transition to Common Core Standards.

Scores and grades were down across the state.

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