Fort Pierce, FL — Despite students in many cases performing better on the FCAT and other standardized tests compared to 2012, due to multiple changes in the state school grading formula, many St. Lucie Public Schools – mirroring statewide results — saw a drop of at least one letter grade in 2013 compared to last year, according to results for schools with grades kindergarten through eighth grade released today by the Florida Department of Education. High school grades are expected to be released later in the fall because of other calculations for their school grades. School grades are primarily calculated
State Board of Education members voted in support of Commissioner Tony Bennett’s emergency rule to provide a “safety net” that schools’ grades would not drop more than one letter grade for FY13, continuing the same provision for FY12. It also changes the premise by which districts may have originally decided that ESE center students’ grades would be counted against the regular school to which the student would be assigned or against the center school. (St. Lucie County’s only ESE Center to be impacted is Positive Expectations Academy). Several State Board members acknowledged the fact that the current grading system has
The St. Lucie Public Schools’ 2013 Annual Report to the Community is posted on the school district web site at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/AnnualReport2013.pdf. Please enjoy the growth in student performance in academics, performing arts, educational opportunities and athletics. Due to limited resources, only several hundred printed reports will be published and distributed to agencies serving children and families throughout the community.