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Gilchrist School District Receives An “A” Grade Status

The Florida Department of Education released district and school grades on June 27 for the 2017-2018 school year. Bell High School, Trenton High School and Trenton Elementary received school grades of an “A”. Bell Elementary received a school grade of “B”. The district received an overall grade of “A” for 2017-2018.
School grades provide a way to measure the performance of a school by breaking the score of each school into components. There are four achievement components, four learning gains components, a middle school acceleration component, and components for graduation rate and college and career acceleration. Each component is worth up to 100 points in the overall school grade calculation.
The four achievement components are English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies. These components measure the percentage of full-year enrolled students who achieved a passing score. The four learning gains components are in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. The learning gains for the lowest performing 25% of students are included in this also. The components measure the percentage of full year enrolled students who achieved a learning gain from the prior year to the current year.
Middle School students who pass a high school EOC (End of Course) assessment or industry certification are counted for the school in the Middle School Acceleration component. High Schools receive points for their graduation rate which is based on an adjusted cohort of ninth grade students and measures whether the students graduate within four years. Students passing AP, IB or AICE exams, students earning a grade in a dual enrollment course that qualifies them for college credit, or students earning an industry certification all add points to the school grade.
The Gilchrist County School District received 741 total points earning the recognition as an “A” school district. Superintendent Rankin announced, “We are pleased again this year with the outcome of how our students performed on the statewide test. Once again, the hard work of the students, teachers, and staff keep us at the top as we are ranked third in the state for the second year in a row. We are proud of our schools and are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 school year”. Bell High School received 740 points with Trenton High School obtaining 714 points, both earning enough points for “A” school status. Bell High School regained their “A” after being a “B” the past two years. BHS Principal Sherry Lindsey stated, “I am very proud of the BHS staff and students for achieving an “A”. Their dedication to student learning is reflected in the scores and the school grade.” Trenton Elementary earned 469 points with Bell Elementary receiving 421 points. Trenton Elementary reclaimed their “A” after acquiring a “C” in 2016 and a “B” in 2017. TES Principal Ronda Adkins was delighted with the grade and stated, “We are so proud of the hard work and dedication by our students and staff here at TES. We look forward to continued success going into next school year.”
The Gilchrist County School District continues its long-term history of being a high performing district since the inception of school grades.

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