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Clay County Joins Nassau and St. Johns as 'A' School District

The Florida Times-Union, June 28, 2018, by Teresa Stepzinski - Read full article here 


Clay joins Nassau and St. Johns as ‘A’ school districts; Duval and Baker maintain ‘B’ marks.  Duval and Baker County school districts each maintained an overall B grade from the state in a just released report, but Clay County schools jumped from a B to an A and into 8th place in the state.

Clay county had the biggest grade improvement in the First Coast region, with 18 A schools, up from 12 last year, and 20 B schools, up from 19 the year before.

Clay catapulted to eighth highest ranked district in Florida, its highest ranking. The district had to settle for a B, just one point shy of an A, last year.

Superintendent Addison Davis said the results “represent the hard work, dedication, and commitment from our teachers, leaders, district staff, support staff, and board members.”

“From day one, my vision was to strengthen teaching and learning to become an A school district. Clay County deserves this recognition, and I am proud to be the educational leader of this organization,” he said.

Added Renna Lee Paiva, president of the Clay County Education Association, teachers are “extremely excited and very proud to be in the Top 10 again, which is where we think we belong. I think the teachers had plenty of new curriculum and new resources and they worked extremely hard to implement what was given to them by Mr. Davis to do.”

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State officials highlighted improvements in performance in schools and districts across the state.

Florida now has more than 1,000 “A” schools (1,027 schools), up from 987 in 2017, and the percentage of schools earning an “A” increased to 32 percent, up from 30 percent in 2016-17.

The state’s high schools had the largest increase in the percentage of schools improving their grade, with 26 percent (115 schools) moving up one or more letter grade. On the other hand, the number of “F” schools decreased by 23 percent (10 schools), from 43 schools in 2016-17 to 33 schools in 2017-18.

Florida’s school grades are based on up to 11 components, including the percentage of students passing state-mandated tests in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies, and on the percentage of students showing growth in those subjects from year to year. The grades also reflect how well the lowest-performing 25 percent of students do on tests and there are extra points for middle school and high school students taking accelerated or college-level courses.

For more information about school grades, visit www.fldoe.org/accountability/accountability-reporting/school-grades/.

For more information about education in Clay County, click here

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