Vernon and Chipley High School Improve Full Letter Grade

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Chipley - Washington County Administrators are celebrating a successful report card.

Both Chipley and Vernon High School improved a full letter grade based on a new set of calculations from the state.

School officials say the new formula gives a better picture of each school's overall progress.

"We are ecstatic about what they've been able to do this past school year!"

It's an exciting day for Vernon and Chipley High School in Washington County.

"Chipley High School went from a "C" to a "B" for high school grades and Vernon High School went from a "D" to a "C," says Superintendent Dr. Sandra Cook.

Vernon High School actually improved from a "D" to a "B" but was penalized a full letter grade for failing to meet adequate improvements with their bottom 25% of students.

School officials are pleased with the new 50/50 formula that puts less emphasis on the FCAT.

Chipley High School Principal Steve Griffin says, "the FCAT itself is just a snapshot but when you begin to look at other factors, you begin to have more of an album, a big picture of factors that's involved as opposed to one particular factor."

"You earn points for it, both schools did exceptionally well, Vernon High School got points for absolutely every aspect of all the different points available," adds Dr. Cook.

"To me, it would equate to them almost winning like an FCAT Superbowl, to come out of the shadow of being a "D" school and the only "D" school in the county, that doesn't exemplify what we are here," says Vernon High School Principal Brian Riviere.

School administrators say there was no recipe for their success other than good ole fashioned hard work.

"We're very proud and very proud of our teachers and our students."

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