Another A for ABC

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM.

For the third year in a row, and the fifth time in the last six years, the Apalachicola Bay Charter School has earned a school grade of A, firmly establishing itself as one of the top performing schools in the region.

The ABC School was among 110 combination kindergarten through eighth grade schools in the state to earn the top grade, a 4 percent increase over last year. In all, 42 percent of these K-8 schools earned an A.

When school grades were announced Friday by the Florida Department of Education, the kindergarten through 12th grade Franklin County School received only a grade of “pending.” This is because the state waits until the fall, when all possible additional points can be calculated, to announce the grades for such K-12 schools.

Based on a preliminary grade of C issued Friday for the entire district, it appears likely that the consolidated school will earn at least a grade of C, and eliminate the stigma of having been a D school in 2012-13.

The ABC School’s grade was earned because it tallied 614 points, easily surpassing the minimum of 590 points needed to get an A grade. Schools are assigned points for earning satisfactory or better scores in reading, math, science and writing on the (FCAT) Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, for achieving learning gains as measured by individual test results from one year to the next; and for doing well on the end of course (EOC) exams.

In the ABC School’s case, all 17 of its students taking the one EOC course it offers, Algebra I, earned satisfactory or better results, so those scores of the top students were clearly among several areas that worked in the school’s favor.

In addition, included in the school grade is the calculation of student gains of the lower 25 percent in reading and math, and that too helped the school earn the needed points. “That’s where we saw a lot of other school growth,” said ABC Principal Chimene Johnson.

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