17 Broward County Public Schools Performance Grades Move Higher
Continuous Review Process Results in School Grade Increases
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie received notification from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) that several Broward County public schools have received better grades following preliminary revisions to the initial school grades that were released July 11. For BCPS, the revisions involved 17 traditional and charter schools as follows:
• 11 school grades changed from a B to an A (Challenger Elementary, Forest Glen Middle, Paragon Charter Elementary, Perry Middle, Renaissance Charter of Coral Springs, Riverside Elementary, Silver Lakes Elementary, Somerset Academy East, Somerset Neighborhood School, Sunrise Middle and Village Elementary).
• 2 school grades changed from a C to a B (Bethune Elementary and Northside Elementary).
• 3 school grades changed from a D to a C (Eagle Nest Charter Middle, Charter School of Excellence at Riverland, Somerset Village Academy Charter Middle School).
• 1 school grade changed from an F to a D (Imagine Charter of North Lauderdale).
According the state, these changes were identified during the review process that occurs between the time initial school grades are released and final school grades are published after an appeals process has been completed.
“Overall, I think parents and students will be really happy to see the grades for these schools are better than first reported,” said Superintendent Runcie. “We should keep in mind, however, that this new grading system serves as a wake up call that we have to prepare our children to compete, not just at the local, state and national level, but on a global level. Moving forward, we need to focus our attention on the quality of the work produced and student achievement, not just a letter grade.”
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