The Apalachicola Bay Charter School scored a very high B when the school grades for Florida schools came out last month.
In fact, with 61 percentage points, the school was just 1 percentage point away from being an A, the closest you can get. So school officials are taking a shot at seeing if a recalculation by state officials could put them over the top, and enable them to earn their fifth A in the last seven years, and ninth in the past 16 years.
“This is the first year that the Florida Standards Alternative Assessment is calculated in school grades. We had a student whose scores were not calculated and we are requesting the Florida Department of Education to recalculate,” said Principal Chimene Johnson.
Johnson said she was pleased with the overall performance of students and staff.
“I’m proud of the students and teachers who worked extremely hard this year and their accomplishments,” she said.
She said she was particularly proud of the outcomes of the school’s Civics end-of-course exam, in which 89 percent of the school’s 36 seventh graders were proficient in the subject, 18 percentage points better than state average; and in the Algebra I end-of-course exam, in which 77 percent of the school’s 26 eighth graders were proficient, 14 percentage points better than state average.
“Our science scores continue to hold strong proficiency each year,” Johnson said.
Among the school’s 45 fifth graders, 49 percent were proficient in science, 6 percentage points below state average. Among the school’s 27 eighth graders, 74 percent were proficient, a whopping 24 percentage points above the state average for science.
With 68 percent of the school’s student body showing achievement in math, and 62 percent with learning gains, the school’s mat results were somewhat stronger than its reading scores. With reading, 57 percent showed achievement, and 53 percent showed learning gains.
“Many times when we see large learning gains in one year, it is difficult to make those similar learning gains the following year,” said Johnson.
The state also focuses on learning gains among the school’s lowest quartile, and in that respect, the school showed gains among 45 percent of reading students, and of 41 percent among math students.
“Our percentages of learning gains fell slightly in our lower 25 percent in both English and language arts. and in math,” said Johnson. “Currently, we are reviewing our intervention practices and additional resources available to fill in some learning gaps we have noticed after reviewing assessment data.
“We will continue with research-based curriculum in all subject areas, a Title I reading interventionist and also after-school tutoring,” she said.
In social studies achievement, the school received an 86 percent out of a possible 100 percent. In terms of middle school acceleration, the results showed that 78 percent of eligible students passed a high school level end-of-course assessment or industry certification.
In the case of the Franklin County School, the release of school grades on June 28 showed the Kindergarten through 12th grade school received a grade of I, for Incomplete.
A news release from the school district said the state issued this grade “because the data from the three testing platform providers indicated that FCS failed to meet the requirement to test 95 percent of students.”
The district has submitted an appeal of this school grade within the 30-day window.
“The district submitted an appeal based on the fact that one of the testing platform providers did not submit test scores (to FLDOE) for seven FCS students who were therefore not included in the school grade calculation,” read the release. “We feel confident the re-calculation, with the inclusion of these students’ tests, will result in FCS receiving a school grade.”