Elementary schools, district, earn C grades

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 09:39 AM.

Gulf County Schools are right at the statewide mean.

The Florida Department of Education last week announced school grades for elementary schools around the state along with a preliminary snapshot of what district grades are likely to be.

Both Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka Elementary Schools received ‘C’ grades while the FDOE is projecting that the district’s grade for the year will also be a ‘C’.

“It is not where we want it to be, but we were not surprised,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton about the elementary school grades. “That’s where we thought we would be.”

High school grades are not released until later in the calendar year.

The grading formula for high schools differs in that in addition to student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), other components such as graduation rate, dropout rate and enrollment and success in dual enrollment courses are also factored in.

Norton said it appeared Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School would likely maintain its ‘A’ grade and Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School was aiming for a ‘B’ but might possibly have to settle for a ‘C’.

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