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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 4 years ago

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by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

The Florida Department of Education recently released school grades for 2014. 

Students weren’t the only ones getting graded this year.

The Florida Department of Education recently release grades for each middle and elementary school in the state. Ormond Beach schools made the following:

  • Tomoka Elementary School: A
  • Pathways Elementary School: B
  • Pine Trail Elementary School: A
  • Ormond Beach Elementary School: C
  • Ormond Beach Middle School: B
  • Osceola Elementary School: C

Christie Campanella, the new principal of Ormond Beach Elementary said that though she just started in July, she knows the school struggled this year

“I’m not sure what was done to prepare them,” Campanella said. “I am relived to know it didn’t drop. At this time we are looking for a an intervention program to work on the skills that are necessary.”

Though Tomoka Elementary and Pine Trail Elementary both rose one letter grade, the rest of the schools either stayed the same or dropped a letter grade.

District Four School Board Member Linda Costello said the results for her district weren’t pretty.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Costello said. “And we need to start doing the right things and investing money in things that get compelling results.”

Costello said the only way to be successful is to start working with the schools that need help the most.

“Until we’ve raised the bottom,” Costello said, “we’re failing. It’s a moral issue and it will be a moral failure. We’re never going to be more than a C minus if the Ds are always Ds. We have to quit making excuses. There are too many turn around stories that defy the excuses.”

In Volusia County as a whole, the number of elementary and middle schools earning a grade of “A” increased by two schools. 24% of Volusia County schools now earn an “A” compared to 21 percent last year. In addition, four Volusia County schools improved by two letter grades between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

This is the final year school grades will be calculated using the current formula. The new grading system next year will support the more rigorous Florida Standards and the Florida Standards Assessment which will replace the FCAT.

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