Then and Now . . .
Florida's Original 158 Critically Low Performing Schools
One hundred fifty-eight schools were originally identified in November 1995 as having critically low studentperformance. To be identified as critically low performing, a school had to have had low student performancein three subject areas of reading, writing, and mathematics for two years in a row. Since the designation of these schools as low performing, they have received focused technical assistance from the district and stateas well as additional resources. It is important to determine if these additional efforts have paid off inimproved student achievement.
School performance grades over the last five years show that most of the original critically low performingschools have made improvements in student performance. In 1999, the first year of school grading, only four of the original low performing schools received a grade of C or higher. This number has increased to 88 in2003.
Grade 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
A 1 2 4 9 9B 0 0 3 11 15C 4 23 42 52 64D 125 127 101 48 50F 25 2 0 31 14N or I 0 0 2 2 1
58 Percent of the Original Low PerformingSchools Are Now a "C" or Better
(2003 School Grades for the Remaining 153 Schools)
F (14)I (1)A (9)D (50)B (15)C (64)
A B C D F I