The Vital Signs and Performance Status Report are now combined into
the new School Accountability Report. The School Accountability Report
is designed to close the loop on reform and accountability, to group
schools with similar performance characteristics, to identify critically
low schools, to stimulate academic improvement and to summarize information
about school achievement, learning environment and student characteristics.
The unit of reporting is each elementary, middle and high school
within the district. Schools that have students in more than one
category may have multiple reports.
Critically Low Scores
Scores that fall below the state's minimum performance criteria
(as shown below) are coded with a trailing "c."
Group 1: Critically Low (ALL 6 scores below
||Reading Comprehension (above 50th national
||Math Concepts/Applications (above 50th
||Florida Writes! ("3" and above)
||67 percent passing
||85 percent passing
||80 percent passing
Group 3: 1, 2 or 3 Critically Low Scores
Group 2: 4 or 5 Critically Low Scores
Group 4: No Critically Low Scores
This report contains separate entries for the 1996-97 and 1995-96
school years. Changes in achievement, process or school characteristics
can be seen by comparing data from the two years.
School performance is shown relative to state medians (the midpoint
in a range of values) for all schools in a particular category (elementary,
middle or high). State medians for 97 and 96 are shown above each
column of data in the report. Medians for the most recent data are
enclosed in brackets [ ] in the text of this guide.
This is the number of students reported in membership during the
October count. For elementary schools the median membership in 97
was  students. The median for middle schools was [1,050] and
[1,627] for high schools.
This is the estimated percent of students tested in reading/communications,
Florida Writes! and math for elementary, middle and high schools.
These estimates are based on enrollment data in October for the
HSCT and February for all other assessments. Exempted LEP students
are accounted for in the 97 estimates.
% Above Median
This is the percent of students scoring above the national median
in Reading Comprehension or Math Concepts/Applications on the district
norm-referenced test at grade 4 or 8. State medians in Reading and
Math vary, depending on the particular test brand administered.
% 3 & Above on Writing
This is the percent of students scoring 3 or higher on
the statewide writing assessment (Florida Writes!). In 97 state
medians were [44%] for elementary, [82%] for middle and [87%] for
% Passing HSCT Communications/Math
This is the percent of 11th grade students who passed
the Communications or Math sections of the High School Competency
Test during the fall administration. State medians in 97 were [80%]
for Communications and [76%] for Math.
12th Grade Graduation Rate
For high schools, a special calculation was made to determine the
percent of 12th graders who graduated by the end of the school year.
This is an annual graduation rate, not to be confused with the four-year
rate based on entering freshmen. The state median in 97 was [96.4%].
For elementary and middle schools, this is the percent of students
who were promoted at the end of the school year. The median promotion
rate was [98.4%] for elementary and [96.8%] for middle schools in
Out of School Suspension Rate
This is the percent of students who received out-of-school suspensions.
For 97, state medians were [1.1%] for elementary, [15.4%] for middle
and [12.8%] for high schools.
% Absences 21+ Days
Percent of students who were absent for more than 20 days. State
medians for 97 were [8.8%] for elementary, [15.4%] for middle and
[17.6%] for high schools.
For high schools, this is the percent of students 16 years or older
who were reported as dropouts at the end of the school year. The
state median was [3.9%] for 97.
% on Free
or Reduced Lunch
Percent of students eligible for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch. State
medians for 97 were [56%] for elementary, [48%] for middle and [28%]
for high schools. (NOTE: These data come from the Title I School
Percent of students in the school who were minorities, including
Black, Hispanic, Asian or Indian. State medians for 97 were [35%]
for elementary, [32%] for middle and [30%] for high schools.
Percent of students who transferred into or out of the school during
the school year. The state medians for 97 were [32%] for elementary,
[29%] for middle and [28%] for high schools.
Instructional Staff Turnover
This is the percent of instructional staff who did not return from
the previous year. The 97 state medians were [13%] for elementary,
[16%] for middle and [14%] for high schools.