Volusia & Flagler Schools Get Another “B” From State

By on June 28, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – Another year, another solid grade for the school districts of Volusia and Flagler counties.

Both receive a “B” from the Florida Department of Education in 2018, according to the newly released report (opens in Excel).

It’s the seventh consecutive year Flagler County Schools earned a “B” from FDOE and the fourth straight for Volusia County Schools, joining 31 other districts across the Sunshine State.

VCS Superintendent Tom Russell says he’s “very pleased” that the district hasn’t fallen into the “C” pack – as it did each year from 2012 to 2014 – but it’s still short of the “A” goal.

“Almost 70% of our schools maintained or increased a letter grade,” Russell added. “However, we recognize there is still work to be done and will conduct a thorough review of the data, determine successful instructional practices and replicate what’s been done right in our schools.”

FCS Superintendent James Tager says his district is “so close” to getting back to “A” status, where it had been in 2010 and 2011.

“There are bright spots on all our campuses, just as there is room for growth,” Tager noted. “I’m confident with expected improvement in our graduation rate and acceleration numbers [that] we are poised to push through.”

The school-by-school breakdown (opens in Excel) shows Volusia with no “F” schools for the third consecutive year, but one school – Palm Terrace Elementary – received its third straight “D”, meaning that VCS has to offer students at that school the chance to transfer out on the district’s dime.

11 schools received “A” grades in Volusia. They are

– Burns Science & Technology Charter School
– Coronade Beach Elementary
– Creekside Middle
– David C. Hinson Middle
– DeBary Elementary
– Ivy Hawn Charter School Of The Arts
– Ormond Beach Elementary
– Silver Sands Middle
– Spruce Creek High
– Sweetwater Elementary
– Tomoka Elementary

16 VCS schools got a “B”, while 39 received a “C”. Everyone else was either a “D” or an incomplete.

In Flagler, the only “A” schools were Indian Trails Middle and iFlagler Virtual Instruction.

Every other Flagler school was a “B” or a “C” except for Palm Harbor Academy, which reported incomplete after consecutive years as a “D” and “F” school. That facility will close its doors in October.

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