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FCAT Scores in; 4 Failing Schools Likely to Stay on Intervene List

10:51 PM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school district's four intervene schools likely will remain failing schools based on the FCAT scores released today.

North Shore K-8 received a D and the other three, Ribault, Raines and Andrew Jackson high schools, got Fs on the FCAT. Because of the grades, the schools likely will not meet the intervene exit standards set by the state. 

The schools have not received their school grades for this year yet.  For the high schools the FCAT scores count for half the school grade and other factors such as enrollment in advanced placement courses make up the remaining fifty percent.

In 2010, North Shore K-8 was an F school and the three high schools were D schools.

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals addressed the media at 12:30 p.m. today at Duval County Public Schools' in Jacksonville. 

He said the district plans to appeal by July 1; the state board would meet to consider the appeal July 19.

Pratt-Dannals plans to ask for one more year to turn the schools around, he said. The state's new, tougher grading policy for the FCATs is a concern.

DCPS performed better than other schools statewide, and its score did not decrease as significantly as others. North Shore's scores increased, as did scores for Raines and Ribault; Jackson's scores dropped, said Pratt-Dannals.

DCPS' plan for its four failing schools got the OK from the state in May. The plan gives managerial control of Duval's intervene schools to the newly formed Duval Partners for Excellent Education.

The partners are community and professional leaders. At the time, the district said in a statement, the partnership would "only step in should the district's four intervene schools not make enough progress toward exiting the intervene status."

Last week, the state announced that certain schools in Duval were being investigated for a high number of erasures on FCAT test score sheeets. The four failing schools are not among those being investigated.

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