28 June Clay County Joins Nassau and St. Johns as 'A' School District June 28, 2018 By Laura Pavlus News education, Clay County School District, Top rated schools 0 The Florida Times-Union, June 28, 2018, by Teresa Stepzinski - Read full article here Clay joins Nassau and St. Johns as ‘A’ school districts; Duval and Baker maintain ‘B’ marks. Duval and Baker County school districts each maintained an overall B grade from the state in a just released report, but Clay County schools jumped from a B to an A and into 8th place in the state. Clay county had the biggest grade improvement in the First Coast region, with 18 A schools, up from 12 last year, and 20 B schools, up from 19 the year before. Clay catapulted to eighth highest ranked district in Florida, its highest ranking. The district had to settle for a B, just one point shy of an A, last year. Superintendent Addison Davis said the results “represent the hard work, dedication, and commitment from our teachers, leaders, district staff, support staff, and board members.” “From day one, my vision was to strengthen teaching and learning to become an A school district. Clay County deserves this recognition, and I am proud to be the educational leader of this organization,” he said. Added Renna Lee Paiva, president of the Clay County Education Association, teachers are “extremely excited and very proud to be in the Top 10 again, which is where we think we belong. I think the teachers had plenty of new curriculum and new resources and they worked extremely hard to implement what was given to them by Mr. Davis to do.” ...... State officials highlighted improvements in performance in schools and districts across the state. Florida now has more than 1,000 “A” schools (1,027 schools), up from 987 in 2017, and the percentage of schools earning an “A” increased to 32 percent, up from 30 percent in 2016-17. The state’s high schools had the largest increase in the percentage of schools improving their grade, with 26 percent (115 schools) moving up one or more letter grade. On the other hand, the number of “F” schools decreased by 23 percent (10 schools), from 43 schools in 2016-17 to 33 schools in 2017-18. Florida’s school grades are based on up to 11 components, including the percentage of students passing state-mandated tests in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies, and on the percentage of students showing growth in those subjects from year to year. The grades also reflect how well the lowest-performing 25 percent of students do on tests and there are extra points for middle school and high school students taking accelerated or college-level courses. For more information about school grades, visit www.fldoe.org/accountability/accountability-reporting/school-grades/. For more information about education in Clay County, click here! Related Clay County Schools One Point Away from "A" District Letter Grade The Clay County School District was one point away from being named an “A” District in recent scores released last week by the Florida Department of Education for the 2016-2017 school year. Clay Branding Study - Proposed New County Logo and a New County Seal After a year of talk and expectation, county commissioners have given the order to finalize a new logo and branding scheme for the county they hope will spur intrigue, tourism and economic growth countywide. Here are the drafts of a proposed new county logo and a new county seal. Will Ketchum of Burdette-Ketchum, which created the brand, suggested the new county seal would also differentiate Clay County, Florida from the other 17 counties named Clay throughout the U.S. Clay County School District Ranks 8th Best in Florida The 2017 Niche survey for best schools determined Clay County School District ranks 8th best in the state of Florida. Clay Commission Discussing Rebranding County Image The Clay County Commission this month is expected to consider recommendations to showcase the county’s natural, historic and recreational resources as well as its communities to best attract tourism, new businesses and residents. Clay EDC Board of Directors Support One-Cent Sales Tax At the June 14, 2016 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Clay EDC President, Bill Garrison, read a resolution by the Clay EDC Board of Directors announcing their support of the one-cent sales tax extension. Clay County Home to Top Ranking ZIP Codes Clay County is proud to have 5 of the top 18 ranking ZIP codes for year-over-year growth in average single-family homes in Northeast Florida. Construction of the First Coast Express is fueling this increase. Clay County population growth projections are by-far the largest in the region for the next 10 to 15 years. Concurrently, 77% of Clay County residents commute into neighboring counties to work. Clay County is home to the second highest wage earners in the region. To learn more about business opportunities in Clay County, Florida call 904.375.9394. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.