PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  June 28, 2017

CONTACT:  
Cristen McMillan
Phone:  772-564-5527

 

School Grades were announced today in an email from the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart. Dr. Rendell, School District of Indian River County Superintendent, said, “As a district we were able to maintain our grade of ‘B,’ which is probably accurate at this point in time. We definitely have some areas of high performance, but until all of our schools are high performing we shouldn’t be rated an ‘A’ school district.” 

Six schools increased by a letter grade, with two of those schools increasing two letter grades in one year. Rosewood Magnet School and Beachland Elementary School both increased their letter grade from a “B” to an “A.” Glendale Elementary School improved from a “C” to a “B” and Dodgertown Elementary School improved from a “D” to a “C.” The two schools improving more than one letter grade were Sebastian Charter Junior High School, which improved from a “C” to an “A,” and Vero Beach Elementary School, which improved from an “F” to a “C.” 

Five schools received a letter grade lower than last year. Indian River Charter High School, North County Charter School, and Liberty Magnet School all dropped from an “A” to a “B.” Oslo Middle School dropped from a “C” to a “D.” St. Peter’s Academy dropped two letter grades from an “A” to a “C.” 

All other schools maintained their previous year’s letter grade. School and District grades can be accessed on the Florida Department of Education’s website at: 

http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/ 

Dr. Rendell added, “Overall, there are a lot of things to celebrate. Six schools improved their letter grade. We applaud those schools. Special congratulations to the students, staff, and parents at Vero Beach Elementary School and Dodgertown Elementary School. These two schools improved student performance, while facing the obstacles that come with a high poverty rate.” 

Mrs. Cynthia Emerson, Principal at Vero Beach Elementary School, responded to her school’s grade, saying, “The Vero Beach Elementary tribe is so proud of the gains that came with an incredible amount of determination, accountability, resilience, and perseverance. While I'm incredibly happy about us going up two letter grades, I'm even prouder knowing that the biggest gain was in our students’ confidence, character, and intrinsic motivation, which can't be measured on a standardized test. We are confident that with continued parent and community support, our school will continue to rise and our students will find their passion and build a life-long love of learning.” 

Ms. Liz Tetreault, former Principal at Dodgertown Elementary School, said, "Our teachers and staff have put their hearts and souls into working alongside our district team to develop instructional practices that support ALL students in achieving success. Our performance on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) is one measure of our accomplishments that are rooted in the belief that ALL students can succeed, NO EXCEPTIONS. It's been an honor to work with such talented teachers, determined students, and supportive families and to see our trend line continue to reflect improved proficiency, learning gains, and overall student achievement." 

“But we also have some work to do, said Dr. Rendell. Five of our schools dropped and we will look closely at the results of those schools to see what needs to be done to improve student performance. We do want the public to know that the school letter grade is only one measure of a school’s success. Our District has developed a Report Card for schools that is made up of several different measures of performance, including parent input, and other measures such as attendance and discipline data. We strongly encourage the public to view the School Report Cards for a more comprehensive picture of each school’s performance.” 

The District will be incorporating this newly released data into the locally developed School Report Cards, which will be posted on the District’s web page at www.indianriverschools.org by 5:00 p.m. today, June 28, 2017.