For the first time in 12 years, Santa Rosa County School District’s grade has dropped from an A to a B ranking for the 2015-2016 school year according to reports released Friday, July 15, by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).
Santa Rosa joined the ranks of roughly 43 percent of school districts whose rank dropped from 2015, including neighboring Escambia County which received a C after jumping to a B the previous year.
FDOE Deputy Director of Communications Cheryl Etters said this year’s assessment was a little different from previous years. The FDOE rolled out the new Florida Standards Assessment at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
“This is the second year the new school grade formula has been used,” she said. “And this is the first year we have been able to look at learning gains.”
The Florida legislature directed the department to simplify the school grading system. The reform brought in new testing for students and set new standards for curriculum at all grade levels.
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