On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the 2015 baseline school grades, which are based on the administration of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) taken by students in the Spring of 2015. High school grades are based on FSA results, as well as additional components. The state also released District grades today. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) earned an overall B grade in 2015, under the state’s new standards and school grade formula.
It is important to note that statewide, the 2015 baseline grades do not include learning gains, which are an important part of Florida’s school grading formula. This is due to 2015 being the first year of the administration of the FSA. For this reason, the state is also reminding the public that the 2015 baseline school grades should not be compared against previous years’ results.
“We are committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. Our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff are working hard each day to deliver rigorous, innovative and supportive learning environments in our schools,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “While there were significant issues associated with the state’s implementation of the 2015 FSA, we are continuing to analyze data, sharing best practices, and maintain our focus on doing what’s right for students.”
Highlights of 2015 Baseline School Grades for BCPS:
- BCPS maintained its proportion of "A" grades, despite the change to the more rigorous standardized assessments and school grade criteria.
- Among the traditional schools, the number and percent of “A” grades increased from 63 (30 percent) to 69 (33 percent).
- One school, Tropical Elementary School, increased its grade by two letter grades to obtain an "A” in 2015.
- Despite the change in assessment and grade criteria, nearly two-thirds (125 schools or 61 percent) of BCPS traditional schools maintained their grade from the prior year.
- Overall BCPS earned a “B” grade, the same grade as in 2014 and an improvement from 2013.
As part of BCPS commitment to continuous improvement, the District has been taking steps at schools to increase student achievement and meet specific school needs, such as:
- Implementing new academic programs in schools.
- Making school leadership changes.
- Implementing District initiatives with a focus on early literacy.
- Partnering with national organizations to increase access to computer science in schools and the arts in schools.
For more information on the 2015 school grades, visit fldoe.org
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