Osceola County 2013/2014
High School Letter Grades
OSCEOLA COUNTY - Under the high school accountability system, high schools in Osceola County earned the following letter grades for the 2013-2014 school year:
Three high schools maintained their "A" letter grade: Harmony High School; Professional and Technical High School (PATHS); and The Osceola County School for the Arts.
Six high schools decreased one letter grade: Celebration High School – B; Gateway High School – B; Liberty High School – C; Osceola High School – C; Poinciana High School – C; and St. Cloud High School – B.
Two charter high schools in Osceola County also received grades: New Dimensions High School maintained an "A" letter grade. And Acclaim Academy earned an "F" letter grade for a second year.
Strong areas of districtwide student performance included: *Six out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students reading proficient. *Six out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students math proficient. *Seven out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students science proficient. *Eight out of the nine high schools increased or maintained in the percent of students U.S. History proficient from last year's baseline.
Some areas in need of districtwide improvement in student performance included: *Eight out of the nine high schools decreased in the area of writing. *In reading and mathematics, our lowest-quartile students did not see significant improvement.
This year, there was a statewide trend in the reduction in the number of "A" and "B" high schools from 83% to 71%. The new high school grading formula required schools to earn as many as 70 additional points to maintain their letter grade from the previous year. In addition, student performance on U.S. History end-of-course exam was included for the first time, and schools earned less points than in the past for students taking accelerated courses, such as Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and International Baccalaureate classes.
"The issuing of school grades reflects a tremendous amount of hard work given by our teachers, students, administrators, and staff," said Superintendent Melba Luciano. "I am disappointed that we see a decrease in school grades this year. We are committed to ensuring that every student has the necessary supports in place to become successful, and that all students have a post-secondary plan upon graduation from high school. Numerous strategic improvement efforts have already been implemented this school year, including bringing in professional consultants to strengthen classroom instruction in reading, mathematics, and writing across the district. In addition, our students are taking quarterly assessments this year to determine individual progress, as well as areas where improvement and additional targeted instruction are needed."
The Orlando Times