For Immediate Release: June 18, 2009
Brevard Public Schools Grades Released
98 Percent of Schools Receive A or B Grades
VIERA—The Florida Department of Education (DOE) released the 2008-09 school grades today and Brevard Public Schools (BPS) continue to perform well. Eighty-two out of 84, or 98 percent of Brevard schools received a grade of an A or B – with 72 schools receiving As. These results contributed to the district receiving a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.8 or an overall grade of A from the DOE for the sixth consecutive year, giving (BPS) a ranking of third in the state, behind St. John and Gilchrist Counties.
“The leadership of dedicated education professionals and hard work of students and parents has kept Brevard at the top,” stated Superintendent, Dr. Richard A. DiPatri. “I congratulate everyone involved for this distinguished accomplishment."
According to the DOE results, at the elementary level 54 BPS schools earned an A, 2 earned a B, and 1 earned a D. At the secondary level 18 schools earned an A, 8 earned a B, and 1 received a grade of D. None of Brevard Public Schools received a grade of F (these results exclude charter schools).
Across the state schools, especially high schools, were hit hard by the penalty point assessed based on the performance of the bottom 25% of students. At the state level the number of A high schools dropped from 120 in 2007-08 to 68 in 2009-09. Brevard schools fared the same. Eight Brevard schools earned enough points for a higher grade, but did not receive the higher grade due to penalties assessed. Riverview Elementary, Eau Gallie High, Melbourne High, Merritt Island High, Palm Bay High, Satellite High and Titusville High earned As but received Bs due to the penalty. Cocoa High earned a grade of C but due to the penalty received a D.
School grades are based on student performance on the FCAT, which assesses student understanding of the Florida Sunshine State Standards in reading, math, writing and science. Schools earn points based on student results. For 2008-09, grades were based on the following point scale: 525+ points equals an A; 495-524 points equals a B; 435-494 points equals a C; 395-434 points equals a D; anything less than 395 equals an F. The state assesses a penalty of one letter grade if a school does not record at least half of its lowest 25 percent of struggling students as making learning gains in reading or math.
Summary of the School Grades Tables:
Table 1: District Grade Point Average
Table 2: BPS School Grades by School