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Osceola County schools see improvements in grades

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer
When the final batch of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores were released in June, they showed that nearly every grade level in the Osceola County School District saw improvement.

Melba Luciano

Melba Luciano

The Florida Department of Education recognized Osceola County as one of only five districts to improve in all seven assessment areas.
That was reflected when the district revealed the school grades for its elementary, middle, K-8 and charter schools late last week.
A total of 38 of the 43 graded (88 percent) earned A, B or C letter grades, compared to the state average of 80 percent.
High school grades are still awaiting the release of other metrics, such as graduation and advanced placement pass rates  for their grades.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of Osceola schools increased their letter grades or stayed the same. Two ‘D’ schools from the 2013 grades, Kissimmee Middle School and Renaissance Charter, raised their grades from to a ‘C’ and an ‘A’ respectively.
Other ‘A’ schools were Canoe Creek Elementary, Celebration K-8, East Lake Elementary, Four Corners Elementary, Harmony Community, Lakeview Elementary, Narcoossee Elementary (for the fifth year in a row), P.M. Wells Charter, St. Cloud Elementary and St. Cloud Middle.
Seven schools received a ‘B’ and 20 schools received a ‘C’, the most common grade. The district maintained it’s overall grade of ‘C’ from last year, but scored four points higher than last year. The district was the only one from Central Florida with no schools on a list of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools in the state.
But the news was somewhat mixed. The district has an ‘F’ school, Florida Virtual School at Osceola, and 34 percent of the schools saw their letter grade drop.
School District Superintendent Melba Luciano said while the June FCAT stats showed students performed well in general on this year’s assessments, district staff began seeking ways to improve the moment the school grades were released.
“Unfortunately, a few schools declined in some academic areas resulting in lower grades which is not acceptable,” she said in a release. “From the time we received our assessment scores, both district and school-level strategic plans continue to be closely reviewed. Targeted strategies are being put into place to strengthen areas of deficiencies at individual schools and to build on areas of student success.”