Friday, July 26, 2013

Half of Brevard School Grades Drop

VIERA, Florida - About half of Brevard’s 56 elementary schools dropped in the state’s preliminary school grade calculations.  Also, 6 of 13 middle schools lost ground in their grades as well.

Endeavour Elementary in Cocoa was Brevard Public School’s only F grade – having been a D last year.  University Park in Melbourne and Imagine Charter School in West Melbourne earned D grades.
According to the BPS website, “School grades are a part of Florida’s accountability system designed to communicate to the public how well a school is performing relative to state standards. Grades are reported on the familiar A-F scale. All public schools serving students in grades 3-12 receive a school grade. Elementary and middle schools earn a school grade based primarily upon student achievement data from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0), the Florida Alternate Assessment (FAA) which is administered to cognitively disabled students, and the Algebra 1 and Geometry end-of-course (EOC) tests given to students enrolled in those courses.

“The assessment-based components of school grades are calculated using student achievement results in reading, math, writing, and science; annual learning gains for each student; and the progress of the school’s lowest performing students. School grades for middle schools include an additional component measuring student participation and performance in accelerated courses.”

A complete list can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.

 

8 comments:

  1. I guess that's what happens when idiots try to teach idiots.

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  2. Imagine how well they will do next year when secondary teachers will be forced to teach an additional class without compensation and have 50% less planning time. That and the districts cavalier attitude to increase class sizes against the state mandated class size law and pay a fine. I predict a further decline in school grades until changes are made in the school board and upper echelon of the Brevard School Administration including the superintendent. Leading by intimidation obviously does not work!

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  3. You get what you pay for...Teachers pay is a joke in Brevard county..So are the conditions of most schools..

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    1. Grandpa here - involved with Grand kids - one of them lives with us, so we spend time in school work. He had all A's, "O" - outstanding perfomnace and had the highest ratings in this FCAT! The other 2 girls did above average in grades and FCAT! I did notice my grandkid friends that are doing excellent have parents and grandparents who are involved in school trips, contests, activities, etc. Those who do not do well never have parents show up - not even to pick them up when they are sick!

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    2. You are so right. We made the decision to move to a private school. The results have been amazing. Our 7'th grader has only 14 in her class. Her grade and attitude our soaring! Wish we made the move sooner.

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  4. Teachers say give us more money. Teach better and maybe you will be rewarded. Dedicate more time to teaching and less time to your union activities. Ask you unions to cut your dues to make up for less pay and see what their actions are!

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    1. What teacher you know spends there time on union activities? I am the building rep and all I do is put flyers in mailboxes. Hmmm

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