Suwannee Democrat


December 19, 2013

Both Suwannee high schools among 17% to earn “C” grade

Live Oak —

Although the number of high schools earning a school grade of an “A” has increased in the state, Suwannee County high schools are among the 17 percent of Florida high schools to earn a letter grade of “C” for the 2012-13 academic year, according to a report by the Florida Department of Education. 

According to the 2012-13 preliminary grades, both Branford and Suwannee high schools earned “C” for the 2013 school year, which carried over from 2012.

For the 2012-13 school year, 48 percent (240) of Florida high schools and combination schools made an “A”; 30 percent (152) earned a “B”; 17 percent (87) received a “C”; Three percent (15) made a “D”; and two percent (8) earned an “F”.

The results are preliminary pending an appeal window that ends Jan. 22, 2014. 

Governor Rick Scott said, “With more high schools earning A’s, it is clear that our teachers are succeeding in providing Florida students with a quality education. A great education is the cornerstone of Florida’s future – and that’s why we fought to provide $480 million for teacher pay raises.”

While many schools are celebrating the grade improvement, Superintendent Jerry Scarborough said a plan is in place to improve the status quo.

“Even though our school grades did not increase a level, both Branford High

School (BHS) and Suwannee High School (SHS) made significant gains in their

journey to become "A" schools,” Scarborough said. “BHS only missed by nine points in becoming a "B" school and SHS only missed by 25 points in becoming a "B" school.”

“BHS Principal Dr. Jimmy Wilkerson and SHS Principal Mr. Ted Roush have prepared aggressive strategies to improve their school grades by concentrating on their graduation rate, improved writing scores, and increase the number of industry certifications.  We are confident that both Dr. Wilkerson and Mr. Roush will be successful with the help of their faculty and staff in improving their school grades for the 2013-2014 school year,” Scarborough said.

For detailed school grade improvement plans that Wilkerson and Roush have for their respective school, see the related content on the right. 

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