Franklin a D school

County officials address high school grade

County officials address high school grade

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM.

It wasn’t exactly a gift of the magi, but some wise men in Tallahassee bestowed an educational present on Franklin County the week before Christmas.

Which is probably not a bad week of the year for bringing home a D on your report card.

When the Florida Department of Education (DOE) announced Dec. 18 school grades for the state’s 502 regular high school and combination schools, the Franklin County School was one of just seven Florida combination schools, serving preK through 12th grade, to receive a "D" school letter grade.

Ten other regular high schools got Ds, and seven other combination schools received Fs, as did one other high school.

This means that according to this one blinking signpost alone, Franklin County School ranked in the lowest 5 percent in the state of these schools.

It was the first D for the school since 2008. It was only the fourth D in the last 14 years, with the other two in 2000 and 2001, prior to consolidation.

The state assigns grades based on points assessed, half of them based on student achievement and learning gains data from state assessments, such as how many learning gains were made among all students as well as the lowest performing students. The FCAT results are a major part of this half.

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