The grades are in for Orange County Public Schools, as the Florida Department of Education released the 2021-22 school and district grades. This was the first official letter grade release from the FDOE since the 2018-19 school year. While OCPS has more “A” schools, there are three “F” schools in Orlando and many received an “incomplete.”
Overall, Orange County received a “B” grade in 2022, a drop from the “A” earned in 2019.
“This data provides a limited view of what our students, teachers, administrators, support staff and families accomplished this year,” said Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent. “We are proud of their hard work in the midst of a global pandemic and will use this data to continue leading our students to success.”
OCPS highlights include:
- Fifty-six percent of schools earned an “A” or “B” this year.
- The number of “A” schools in Orange County Public Schools improved, with 59 schools earning an “A” in 2021-22 compared to 39 that would have received an “A” in 2020-21 if school grades had been assigned to all schools.
Overall, the district earned a “B” grade. Just shy of an “A”. The district received 61 percent (rounded up from 60.7) of the possible points, and the cutoff for an “A” is 62 percent. The district’s results maintained or improved in 10 of the 11 components or areas reported.
- Largest improvement was in mathematics performance:
- Achievement increased by 6 points
- Learning gains increased by 21 points
- Learning gains of lowest 25 percent increased by 17 points
The three “F” schools are Pineloch Elementary, Catalina Elementary, and Washington Shores Elementary. Students at all three of these schools are economically disadvantaged and are between 96% to 98% minority. OCPS recognizes there are challenges despite the overall good news across the school district.
“While we are proud of the overall effort that our students and staff put into the 2021-2022 school year, we recognize the pandemic impacted academic and social, emotional learning gains,” OCPS told West Orlando News. “Our staff will continue to provide supports, strategies and enhanced learning opportunities to increase students’ success.”
Each school’s letter grade will be reported on their individual school report card that is updated every year before the start of the school year. The district is waiting for grades for 17 of our traditional schools. They received an Incomplete (I) due to delayed score release or low percent tested.
The Florida School Accountability reports from FDOE can be found here.