District appealing WHS grade

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:59 AM.

The Florida Department of Education released tentative high school grades for 2011-12 during the holiday break.

Gulf District Schools would like the DOE to take another look at the ‘C’ given to Wewahitchka High School before grades are finalized at the end of this month.

WHS fell just two points shy of a ‘B’ and school and district staff has been crunching numbers since grades were released.

They believe there are two areas of possible review, the prominent one being what the district believes is a miscalculation on the number of middle school students counted in end-of-course exams in Algebra I.

“We are appealing that grade,” said Sara Joe Wooten, the district’s Deputy Superintendent for Instruction.

Port St. Joe High School received an ‘A’ on the tentative grades and both schools finished well above the state average for total points accrued under the high school grading system.

Gulf District Schools, with two ‘C’ schools in Wewahitchka and two ‘A’ schools in Port St. Joe – if the WHS grade is not changed – remains a ‘B’ district, as it was last year.

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