By BRUCE COLLIER
A press release from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) reports that “Florida has more schools earning ‘A’s’ and ‘B’s’ than ever before….” The report goes on to state that nearly 3/4 of the 2,889 Florida schools that were graded for 2007-08 are considered “high performing,” meaning that the school received a grade of either “A” or “B” overall.
In Walton County, 13 schools were given grades, on the A – F scale. Four of those schools made improvements from 2007-07, one significantly.
The Walton County school grades for 2007-08 are as follows: Bay Elementary, A (same as 2006-07); Emerald Coast Middle School, A (same as 2006-07); Freeport Elementary School, A (up from B in 2006-07); Freeport Middle School, A (same as 2006-07); Freeport Senior High School, A (up from D in 2006-07); Maude Saunders Elementary School, B (same as 2006-07); Paxton High School, A (same as 2006-07); Seaside Neighborhood School, A (same as 2006-07); South Walton High School, A (up from B in 2006-07); Van R. Butler Elementary School, A (same as 2006-07); Walton Middle School, A (same as 2006-07); Walton Senior High School, C (up from D in 2006-07); and West DeFuniak Elementary School, A (same as 2006-07).
According to the FDOE release, schools awarded an “A” grade, or that improve at least one performance grade from the previous year, are eligible to earn an additional $85 per student.
Statewide in 2008, 1,203 schools maintained their “A” grade, 32 newly-opened schools earned an “A,” 348 schools improved to an “A,” and 350 schools improved to a grade other than an “A.”
Parents will receive a school report card on their child’s school, with grades and other information on state and federal standards and on school spending. The state school grades for 2007-08, as well as other years’ grades, can be viewed in greater detail online at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.