St. Lucie County, FL –  In a letter addressed to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that a review of school grade data and supporting documentation for Oak Hammock K-8 School resulted in a grade recalculation.  The school, previously designated as a B, now bears the distinction of an A rated school.  In addition, Performance Based Preparatory Academy received a School Improvement Rating of Commendable – the highest benchmark ranking for schools not receiving a letter grade.

Superintendent Gent explained the District closely monitors the process for calculating points earned for school grades, and when the State announced a set of late-reported Florida Standards Alternate Assessment Scores were not included in this year’s calculations, SLPS filed an appeal. “Oak Hammock was just two points shy of an A,” he said.  “It’s our job as District leaders to support our teachers, staff, students, and administrators.  We wanted to make certain their relentless efforts and focus on each child to increase achievement received full recognition and honor. The results speak for themselves,” he added.

With Oak Hammock’s grade re-calculation, 37% of SLPS are rated an A, 62% are rated an A or B, and the District has no failing schools.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.