PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  July 8, 2016

CONTACT:  
Flynn Fidgeon, Public Information Officer
Phone:  772-564-5527

It was announced today in an email from the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, that the School District of Indian River County has earned a District grade of “B” from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for the 2015-16 school year. Dr. Rendell, School District of Indian River County Superintendent, said, “This is one measure of performance for our schools and our district, but it is based primarily on the results of a single standardized test. There are so many other indicators of a school’s performance. We have developed a 10-point report card that takes school grades, student performance on the Florida School Assessment (FSA), and other indicators into account to measure the health of a school. We will take these results and incorporate them into our School Report Cards for a more complete picture of our school and district performance.” 

This year, the FLDOE grade calculations were changed to include learning gains and the learning gains formula was changed, as well. Chris Taylor, School District of Indian River County Director of Assessment and Accountability, said, “This year, the learning gains formula requires a student to make larger jumps to demonstrate a gain. For example, this year, if the student is a low Level 1, they must move from the bottom third to the middle third of Level 1 in order to receive a gain. In the past, a much smaller increase in achievement was considered a gain.”

Even with those changes, five district schools were graded “A” in 2016: 

  • Osceola Magnet, Liberty Magnet
  • Indian River Charter High School
  • North County Charter
  • Imagine at South Vero

Four schools were graded “B”: 

  • Rosewood Magnet
  • Beachland Elementary
  • Treasure Coast Elementary
  • Storm Grove Middle

Treasure Coast Elementary improved from “C” to “B”, Indian River Academy improved two letter grades from “F” to “C”, and Fellsmere Elementary and Citrus Elementary improved from “D” to “C”.  Vero Beach High School was only 3 points away from a grade of “B,” as well as several other schools that were only a few points away from higher letter grades. District staff will carefully review data to determine, if these grades will be appealed with the State.