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State Gives Two Dunedin Schools Wrong Grade

Garrison-Jones Elementary goes from a B to an A, and San Jose Elementary improves from a C to a B after the Florida Department of Education admits a mistake.

and are among the 213 schools across Florida whose school grades, based on FCAT scores and other factors, were incorrectly calculated, the Department of Education admitted Friday.

Garrison-Jones but was upgraded to an A. San Jose was given a C but saw its grade changed to a B. That means that both schools' grades did not change from last year. 

The letter grades are part of a complex formula that heavily weighs on FCAT scores and the letter grade determines the amount of funding a school receives.

Eighteen schools in Pinellas County had their grades improved by one letter grade. The overall C grade for the district did not change.

Your turn: What do you make of the State Department Of Education's mistake? Tell us in the comments.


Wanda Dow July 25, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The fact that schools are graded on a couple of days of testing is in itself ridiculous. Add to that the fact that included in the formula are students from English is a second language and students who are special ed, compared to schools that have little or none of these students - is this fair? The state needs to take a long hard look at a different way to "grade" schools.
Bob Gallo July 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The FCAT and the era of student testing has been a failure. Teaching children to take a test in not what a successful learning environment entails. "No Child Left Behind" makes for compelling political speeches but testing and grading schools has not shown any significant measurable success over the last 10 years. The problem starts at home, if a parent values education they will be a part of their childrens' education before, during and after school. It's time to stop blaming teachers, administrators and infrastructure and be honest about what's going on. No, I am not a teacher nor related to any but I've seen the data and it's time to admit what hasn't worked and do what has been proven to work.
Diana Smith July 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Some children just cant test well. I just wonder how many times prior to this the test was not graded correctly.
charlotte Carlin July 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I tried to return Florida public school education for two decades, inside the system and outside, and came to believe that only small neighborhood schools (supported by all the residents, not just the parents) are the most successful. Say goodbye big school districts, goodbye state and federal interference (FCAT and NCLB) and say hello to common sense and a return to academics basics first before a technology emphasis if you really want to see a change. This is everyone's problem; not just kids and parents. Get involved!
Christine Tsotsos July 26, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Am VERY surprised the Dunedin El has fallen so far so fast. Even Sandy Lane's grade went up to a C. What's going on at Dunedin, Bob Burdewick?

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