Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

There is good news for Orange County schools.For the first time in a decade, the district was given an “A” rating by the state.The grades came out Thursday and school leaders are celebrating.Since 2014, Rock Springs Elementary School has been given a “C” letter grade from the state.”Every year we’ve been getting a “C” and it’s like, come on, these kids have been working so hard, and the teachers have been working so hard,” said principal Nate Hay.On Thursday, Hay and the entire Orange County school district got some welcome news. Not only did Rock Springs get an “A” grade for the past school year, but so did the entire Orange County school district.”It’s a privilege to be an “A.” Our students have worked so hard all year long in all the schools, and I’m just very proud of the district,” Hay said.The school district has not gotten an “A'” since 2010. For the past five years, it got a “B.”In a written statement, Orange County schools superintendent Barbara Jenkins said, “While a single letter grade does not tell the whole story of our schools, we are pleased with these gains. Congratulations to our students, teachers, principals and staff for their incredible work.”There was an overall increase in Orange County schools earning an “A.” There are 63 “A” schools this year, compared with 55 the previous year. That means 33% of Orange County schools are now “A” schools compared with 29% last school year.Not a single Orange County school got an “F.”Hay says to celebrate, he promised his students if the school got an “A” the first Friday back in session, he’ll dress like a unicorn and dance.Florida’s school grades are released yearly, and have been since 1999. They are based largely on student performance on state tests.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

There is good news for Orange County schools.

For the first time in a decade, the district was given an “A” rating by the state.

The grades came out Thursday and school leaders are celebrating.

Since 2014, Rock Springs Elementary School has been given a “C” letter grade from the state.

“Every year we’ve been getting a “C” and it’s like, come on, these kids have been working so hard, and the teachers have been working so hard,” said principal Nate Hay.

On Thursday, Hay and the entire Orange County school district got some welcome news.

Not only did Rock Springs get an “A” grade for the past school year, but so did the entire Orange County school district.

“It’s a privilege to be an “A.” Our students have worked so hard all year long in all the schools, and I’m just very proud of the district,” Hay said.

The school district has not gotten an “A'” since 2010. For the past five years, it got a “B.”

In a written statement, Orange County schools superintendent Barbara Jenkins said, “While a single letter grade does not tell the whole story of our schools, we are pleased with these gains. Congratulations to our students, teachers, principals and staff for their incredible work.”

There was an overall increase in Orange County schools earning an “A.”

There are 63 “A” schools this year, compared with 55 the previous year. That means 33% of Orange County schools are now “A” schools compared with 29% last school year.

Not a single Orange County school got an “F.”

Hay says to celebrate, he promised his students if the school got an “A” the first Friday back in session, he’ll dress like a unicorn and dance.

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