School District Grade Increases in St. Lucie County

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The district grade awarded to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) increased from a C to a B this year. This is a significant accomplishment despite the fact that learning gains were not included in the calculations. It is important to note that two SLPS realized multi-grade increases: Rivers Edge Elementary moved from a D to an A and Morningside Elementary advanced from a C to an A. An additional six schools also increased their school grade rating. Individual school ratings throughout the county did not change drastically with the majority of schools remaining the same as last year.

“While we celebrate the increases, one must be reminded that these results are based upon a flawed and incomplete state accountability system. We will continue to focus on what is important – quality instruction for each child every day. As a District, we have been proactively analyzing multiple data points in order to gather clear and accurate measures of our students’ progress. Our leadership and instructional teams meet regularly to review and discuss data, create action plans, and implement these plans to support our students and teachers,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “The fact that our graduation rates continue to increase year after year is evidence that what we are doing is having a positive impact on our students’ success,” he added.

Superintendents and school advocates across the state questioned the validity of the results based upon the fact that the first year of the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) only measured proficiency and did not recognize students’ learning gains – an important measure for economically disadvantaged students. Therefore, it is an incomplete measure of student performance that does not reflect annual student growth.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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