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July 30, 2013

School grades decline due to higher standards

One local school retains grade, two fall

Live Oak — Two local elementary schools saw lowered school grades which were released Friday by the state. 
The state released the preliminary grades for elementary and middle schools, however, high school grades will be released later this year, which take into account other standards such as graduation rates. 


Suwannee Middle School retained its “C” grade while Suwannee Intermediate School dropped from a “C” to a “D”. Branford Elementary School dropped from a “B” to a “C”.


These results are in line with others in the state.


Based on preliminary grades, statewide, the number of “A” schools dropped from 48 percent to 29 percent while the number of “F” schools increased from two percent to four percent.

According to the Department of Education, 548 schools were protected from dropping further by a safety net rule. The rule prevented schools from dropping more than one letter grade. 


The state Board of Education put the safety net in place earlier this month to help schools cope with the ever changing rules, tougher and new test standards as well as a transition to the Common Core Standards.


Here is a statewide breakdown of school grades:

A schools went from 1,242 in 2012 to 760 in 2013.

B schools went from 609 to 677.

C schools went from 494 to 721.

D schools went from 212 to 353.

F schools went from 40 to 107.


See School District reaction in Wednesday's Suwannee Democrat.

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