HIGH SCHOOL GRADES RELEASED, GRADUATION RATE CONTINUES CLIMB
December 18, 2014 MARION COUNTY
– Florida’s Department of Education released high school grades today for the 2013-14 school year and Marion County’s report card is attracting state attention.
Four public high schools maintained their grades despite a tougher grading scale this year – Belleview (B), Dunnellon (B), Vanguard (A), and West Port (A).
North Marion improved its grade to a B, one of just 55 schools state-wide improving over last year.
Forest had enough points to keep its A but slipped to a B because of its at-risk graduation rate.
Lake Weir slipped to a C due to 13 points less than last year’s score.
Francis Marion Military Academy earned a D, the same as last year, despite improving its numerical score by 29 points.
West Port leads the district with the most points earned – 1,226 this year compared to its 1,155 last year.
Meantime, Marion County’s four-year graduation rate climbed to 77.9 percent, up 1.1 percent over last year and 8.1 percent since 2011. Outpacing the state the last three years, Marion County’s graduation rate has continuously improved the last five years.
This year’s “cut” scores for school grades are higher than last year, making it even harder for schools to keep or earn higher grades:
A = 1,120 or more (previously 1,050 points or more)
B = 1,040-1,119 points (previously 990-1,049 points)
C = 880-1,039 points (previously 870-989 points)
D = 800-879 points (previously 790-869 points)
F = less than 800 points (previously less than 790 points)
National Spotlight on West Port
West Port Principal Jayne Ellspermann is not only Florida’s Principal of the Year – she is the National Principal of the Year! She beat out 21,000 other principals for the prestigious title. West Port students and staff, along with district representatives, surprised Ellspermann with the announcement last month. She even received congratulations from US Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan in a surprise phone call during the ceremony. Ellspermann is also this year’s Florida Literacy Leader of the Year, an honor handed out by Just Read, Florida! and Florida’s Department of Education.
Stranger Danger on the Road
Dozens of youngsters and their parents travelled together with each other for the annual Walk Your Child to School event at Belleview Elementary. Law enforcement set up a “safe” walk zone that included dangers students might encounter – things like drug dealers, child predators, and innocent situations that turn dangerous. Students completing the walk also received goodie bags with reminders to stay safe during their trips to and from school.
Eighth Street @ 100 Years
Talk about a major milestone! Eighth Street Elementary is the oldest, continuous-running school building in all of Florida. Current students, parents, teachers, and alumni celebrated the Centennial Mark in grand style. Students even researched the archives, interviewed early graduates, and learned what life was like “back in the old days.” Today, the restored school is home to nearly 350 students near Downtown Ocala.
Total visits since 1/1/2013: 6,864,945
Total visits in 2013: 11,615,641
Total visits in 2012: 11,799,753
Total visits in 2011: 9,268,306
Total visits in 2010: 8,620,826
Total visits in 2009: 4,851,153
Total visits in 2008: 3,104,170
Marion County Public Schools
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512 SE 3 Street, Ocala, Florida 34471 USA