County elementary school grades slip

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

The number of ‘A’ schools across the state, for example, dropped this year from 48 percent of all schools to 29 percent.

“Our students’ performance hasn’t changed from last year,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. “The state’s criteria changed.”

Common Core Standards, in place in grades K-2 this past year and district-wide this coming school year, is a set of common standards implemented across the country, emphasizing more depth and critical thinking over rote work on standard assessment tests.

Had the Florida Board of Education not approved that recommendation from Florida School Superintendent Tony Mitchell, WES would have likely landed as a ‘D’ school, said Melissa Ramsey, the district’s coordinator for assessment.

“We see our areas that need improvement, but we are proud that we had schools that earned a ‘B’ and ‘C’,” Ramsey said.

Some areas in need of improvement include math scores in Wewahitchka and reading scores in Port St. Joe. Wewahitchka also missed out on bonus points for end-of-course scores at the middle school level.

The grades for high schools will not be known until December.

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