PURPOSE OF REPORT
The School Accountability Report
groups schools with similar performance characteristics. It identifies
critically low schools, stimulates academic improvement and summarizes
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. School performance
is shown relative to state averages for all elementary, middle or
high schools. State averages for 1999 and 1998 are
shown above each column of data in the report. Averages for the
most recent data are enclosed in brackets [ ] in the text of this
guide.
Grades
C

Current year reading, writing and math data
are at or above minimum criteria.

D

Current year reading or writing or math data
are below minimum criteria.

F

Current year reading, writing and math data
are below minimum criteria.

B

Current year reading, writing and math data
are at or above higher performing criteria AND no subgroup
^{1} data are below minimum criteria
AND at least 90% of standard curriculum^{2}
students were tested.

A

Meet grade "B" criteria AND
the percent of students absent more than 20 days, percent
suspended and dropout rate (high schools) are below
state averages AND there is substantial
improvement^{3} in reading AND
there is no substantial decline^{4}
in writing and math AND at least 95% of standard curriculum
students were tested.

NOTE: No school with less than 90% of standard
curriculum students tested may be graded higher than "C."
For any school with 80% or less of standard curriculum students
tested, the school’s grade will be incomplete (I) until this issue
is resolved.
Minimum Criteria for School
Performance  Grades C, D, and F

Higher Performing Criteria
for School Performance  Grades B and A


FCAT Reading

FCAT Math

Florida Writes!


FCAT Reading

FCAT Math

Florida Writes!

Elementary

60% score level 2 & above

60% score level 2 & above

50% score 3 & above

Elementary

50% score level 3 & above

50% score level 3 & above

67% score 3 & above

Middle

60% score level 2 & above

60% score level 2 & above

67% score 3 & above

Middle

50% score level 3 & above

50% score level 3 & above

75% score 3 & above

High

60% score level 2 & above

60% score level 2 & above

75% score 3 & above

High

50% score level 3 & above

50% score level 3 & above

80% score 3 & above

Scores that fall below minimum performance
criteria are designated with a trailing "." Data that do
not meet higher performing criteria are followed by "~."
Scores that meet higher performing criteria are designated with a
trailing "+." When subgroup performance falls below minimum
performance criteria, the year is followed by "*."
^{1}Under current rule subgroups include
economically disadvantaged, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian and American
Indian students.
^{2}Standard curriculum students also include
Language Impaired, Speech Impaired, Gifted, Hospital Homebound and
LEP students who have been in an ESOL program more than two years.
^{3}Substantial improvement in reading
means more than two percentage points increase in students scoring
in FCAT levels 3 and above. If the school has 75% or more students
scoring at or above FCAT achievement level 3 AND not more than two
percentage points decrease from the previous year then substantial
improvement is waived.
^{4}Substantial decline means five or more
percentage points decline in the percent of students scoring FCAT
achievement level 3 and above in Math OR five or more percentage points
decline in the percent of students scoring 3 and above Florida
Writes!
Year 
This report contains
separate entries for the 199899 and 199798 school
years. Changes in achievement, process or school characteristics
can be seen by comparing data from the two years. 
Student Achievement 
Data are calculated for
standard curriculum students in regular elementary, middle and
high schools. Figures may vary slightly from total population
data. 
% Level 2 & Above
FCAT Reading/Math 
This is the percent of
students scoring in FCAT student achievement levels 2 and above. 
% Level 3 & Above
FCAT Reading/Math 
This is the percent of
students scoring in FCAT student achievement levels 3 and above. 
% 3 and Above on Writing 
This is the percent of
students scoring 3 or higher on Florida Writes! 
Estimated Percent Tested 
This is the estimated
percent of students tested in Reading, Math and Writing for
elementary, middle and high schools. These estimates are based
on enrollment data in Survey 3. Exempted ESE and LEP students
are not included in the estimates. 
State Averages 1999

Reading

Math

Writing



Percent Scoring
Level 2 & Above

Percent Scoring
Level 3 & Above

Percent Scoring
Level 2 & Above

Percent Scoring
Level 3 & Above

Percent Scoring
3 & Above

Estimated % Tested

Elementary

70%

52%

72%

39%~

73%

98%

Middle

78%

49%~

73%

50%

88%

96%

High

72%

33%~

78%

51%

88%

88%~

School Indicators 
The most recent data available are from the
1998 school year, as follows: 
OutofSchool
Suspension Rate 
This is the percent of
students who received outofschool suspensions. For 1998,
state averages were [2.2%] for elementary, [15.4%] for middle
and [13.4%] for high schools. 
% Absences >20 days 
Percent of students who
were absent more than 20 days. State averages for 1998
were [8.7%] for elementary, [14.9%] for middle and [18.3%] for
high schools. 
Dropout Rate 
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 average
was [3.7%] for 1998. 
Promotion Rate 
For elementary and middle
schools, this is the percent of students who were promoted at
the end of the school year. The average promotion rate was [97.8%]
for elementary and [94.9%] for middle schools in 1998. 
% on Free or
Reduced Lunch 
Percent of students eligible
for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch. State averages for 1998
were [56%] for elementary, [47%] for middle and [27%] for high
schools. (NOTE: These data come from the Title I School Eligibility
Survey.) 
Mobility Rate 
Percent of students who
transferred into or out of the school during the school year.
The state averages for 1998 were [32%] for elementary,
[28%] for middle and [27%] for high schools. 
