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School Report Cards: Two Maintain 'A', Some Drop a Letter

All Dunedin area schools earned passing grades this school year.

Dunedin area elementary and middle schools received their report cards today, and the results are mixed.

The Florida Department of Education on Wednesday released letter grades for all schools except high schools. The grades take into account .

At a glance:

  • Two elementary schools earned an A.
  • Three elementary schools saw a one-letter drop.
  • The middle school kept the same letter grade.

The letter grades reflect expected drops based on more rigorous standards and new achievement levels, according to a news release from Pinellas County Schools.

The measurement changes have resulted in and how students should be taught.

“What we have here is an accountability system in dire need of review and repair,” said Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. John A. Stewart. “We can explain all we want to about why we’ve seen a drop in school grades this year, but bottom line, we absolutely must return the focus to our students and what’s best for them.”

Here is a list of how Dunedin schools fared:

Elementary schools

School 2012 2011 A A
A A D C B A C B

Middle schools

School 2012 2011 C C
Bob Burdewick July 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM
From everything I've heard Dunedin Elementary should have been a D last year so it was no surprise to me to see it drop this time. Maybe some change is needed in the administration???????????
Mathew J. Eberius July 12, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Bob, it's because of the move to a new neighborhood. Used to be an "A" or 5-Star school back when I was there! Once they shifted from Beltrees to Union/Patricia, it's been dropping steadily.
Sun Blonde July 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The administration is awesome at Dunedin ele. It's the neighborhood zoning that's changed. Dunedin ele serves north Clearwater kids, not Dunedin.
Susan Burdewick Brooks July 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The school grades at Dunedin Elementary have dropped under the current administration: B, B, C, C, now D. This is not "awesome" leadership and there is no sense blaming the students. It is a combination of administration, teachers, support staff, community, parents and students, but a change is clearly needed.
Concerned Parent July 13, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Certainly not "awesome". In the private sector, a "D" would mean you're on notice and your job is at risk. Teachers and administrators and even parents need to be accountable. Don't blame the kids.
carey call July 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM
My son attended San Jose a few years back "Ms Sally" was the first and best influence he could have had anywhere ! Go San Jose...............
Zack July 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Really? Were going to blame a new neighborhood for the low grade? I don't think its the kids, just everyone else involved with them. I.e. parents, teachers, coaches, administrators....

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