November 3, 2018
Crawfordville Elementary School and Wakulla High School are on the list of Florida Department of Education’s recently released “Schools of Excellence”.
To be designated a “School of Excellence”, a school must meet an 80% threshold of possible points earned in the FDOE school grade designation. Plus, they must have made a school letter grade of “A” for two out of the past three years.
Crawfordville earned 80.9% of the possible points for elementary schools for the 2017-2018 school year.
Wakulla High School earned 83.3% of the possible points for high schools for 2017-2018.
Both schools earned “B” school grades for the 2015-2016 school year, and both earned “A” designations for school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
Some areas that schools are graded on are the percent of students at or above grade level in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies, and Science on standardized state tests.
High schools have extra areas graded such as College Dual Enrollment courses passed, Advanced Placement scores, Industry Certifications earned, and Graduation Rate.
Another important factor in earning 80% or above of possible school grade points is measuring student growth from year to year. These Learning Gains show student achievement in Reading/English Language Arts and Math.
The “School of Excellence” designation allows “administrative flexibility” spelled out by FDOE. This gives CES Principal Louis Hernandez and WHS Principal Mike Barwick more control over class sizes and reading requirements, to name a few areas.
Says Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “This is an honor for these two schools to be recognized for such high achievement gains. More importantly, it speaks to the idea that every child can learn. All of our teachers and staffs are outstanding at helping every single child show academic, social, and emotional growth from year to year.”