Franklin a D school

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

Marks released a more than 500-word prepared statement a day after the school grades came out, that tried to find some fringes of silver tinsel lining the edges of this giant red letter.

In terms of overall improvement in math performance between 2011-12 and 2012-13 at the school, Franklin saw the numbers of students at grade level or better improving by 11 percent, which ranked it 137th out of 3,053 schools throughout the state. Among combination schools, the rank was 13 out of 294, which was in the top 5 percent, and among 1,628 Title I schools, which are ones with high percentages of low income students, Franklin was 86th.

In contrast, learning gains in reading over the last two school years were zero, which ranked the school just above the middle of the pack.

As for the basic measurement - the percentage of students scoring at grade level or better regardless of how well they did the year before - and indicated by a 3,4 or 5 on the five-point FCAT exam, only 44 percent of students were at that level in reading, ranking the school in the lowest 25 percent of the schools.

In math, it was 51 percent at grade level or better, which corresponds to about the lowest third. And in science it was 54 percent, which is in the top 25 percent of Title I schools, and the top half of all schools.

“We had enough points in the FCAT (portion) that we were a solid C,” said Marks.

The superintendent opened her statement by quoting Education Commissioner Pam Stewart as saying “the latest round of school grades comes amid ongoing debate over the accuracy and complexity of the grading formula.”

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