The Florida Department of Education recently released their 2020-2021 Accountability Assessment of School Districts within the state. As a result of the School Grades assigned during this assessment of Okaloosa County’s 38 eligible “brick-and-mortar” public schools, 16 were awarded the title of ‘School of Excellence’ (SOE). (The 38 does not include Charter, Online, or Department of Juvenile Justice schools.)
That means only 42% of our schools are “Schools of Excellence.”
The School Board has praised the achievement of these 16 Schools of Excellence, and rightfully so. This is an achievement to be proud of, and the teachers, staff and students of these schools deserve the accolades.
However, 22 schools remain absent from this prestigious list, and our School Board has made No Mention of a Plan for Improvement for these schools.
According to FL Statute 1003.631, the State Board of Education shall designate a school as a School of Excellence if the school’s percentage of possible points earned in its School Grade calculation is in the 80th percentile or higher for schools comprised of the same grade groupings, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and schools with a combination of grade levels, for at least 2 of the last 3 school years. (However, because of the COVID Health Emergency, no Okaloosa School received a School Grade for School Years 2019-20 or 2020-21 per Emergency Order 2021-EO-02.)
We ask the School Board: What about these 22 schools that didn’t rate as a School of Excellence? Why don’t you have a Plan to bring up their ratings? Are you putting pressure on the Administration to form a plan for these schools? Why haven’t you asked these questions?
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Truth4OK will continue to closely monitor the Okaloosa County School District.
We will continue to push for much-needed improvement in Accountability and Transparency.