‘Celebrating’ mediocrity in public education

In response to the NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer’s request for business leaders to help develop better public schools in Escambia County for military families, School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said, “Ninety-two percent of our schools are now rated C or higher. That is a dramatic improvement over even last year, so we’re making progress. I think you have to acknowledge that, celebrate it.”

The school district improved one percentage point–2017-18: 54   2018-19: 55– hardly dramatic.


The Escambia County School District scores for its 52 schools that were graded this summer were as follows:

100-90:  0 schools

89-80:  1 – Pensacola Beach Elementary Charter School

79-70: 3 – Three magnet schools: Brown Barge Middle, N.B. Cook Elementary, West Florida High

69-60: 12 – Four scored 60

59-50: 14 – Four scored 50

49-40: 19

39-35:  3 – Workman Middle (IB School), Warrington Elementary, Holm Elementary


The Escambia County School Board last year hired the Rensselaerville Institute to operate Warrington Middle School and help principals and faculty turnaround nine elementary schools:Global Learning Academy, Warrington, Ensley, Navy Point, Holm, Montclair, Sherwood, Brentwood and West Pensacola.

Brentwood, Montclair, Navy Point and West Pensacola had double-digit improvements. The others showed varying levels of improvement:

  • Brentwood  +14
  • Ensley +8
  • Global Academy +5
  • Montclair +15
  • Navy Point +15
  • R. Holm -4
  • Warrington Elementary+1
  • Warrington Middle +1
  • West Pensacola +11

Only two schools not helped by Rensselaerville had double-digit increases: Beulah Elementary +13, C.A. Weis +11

Weis is community partner school with the Children’s Home Society.

 

School 2018 2019 +/-
A. K. SUTER ELEMENTARY 63 66 3
BELLVIEW ELEMENTARY 46 42 -4
BELLVIEW MIDDLE 40 45 5
BEULAH ACADEMY OF SCIENCE 53 50 -3
BEULAH ELEMENTARY 47 60 13
BEULAH MIDDLE 0 50 0
BLUE ANGELS ELEMENTARY 61 65 4
BRATT ELEMENTARY 57 66 9
BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY 38 52 14
BROWN BARGE MIDDLE 73 73 0
BYRNEVILLE ELEMENTARY 47 56 9
C. A. WEIS ELEMENTARY 37 48 11
CORDOVA PARK ELEMENTARY 63 63 0
ENSLEY ELEMENTARY 40 48 8
ERNEST WARD MIDDLE 53 54 1
ESCAMBIA HIGH 49 45 -4
ESCAMBIA VIRTUAL 58 63 5
FERRY PASS ELEMENTARY 51 53 2
FERRY PASS MIDDLE 49 49 0
GLOBAL LEARNING ACADEMY 37 42 5
HELLEN CARO ELEMENTARY 65 64 -1
J. H. WORKMAN MIDDLE 42 39 -3
J. M. TATE SENIOR HIGH 60 57 -3
JIM ALLEN ELEMENTARY 54 55 1
JIM C. BAILEY MIDDLE 49 50 1
KINGSFIELD ELEMENTARY 0 59 0
L. D. MCARTHUR ELEMENTARY 49 48 -1
LINCOLN PARK ELEMENTARY 44 44 0
LONGLEAF ELEMENTARY 39 48 9
MOLINO PARK ELEMENTARY 74 68 -6
MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY 41 56 15
MYRTLE GROVE ELEMENTARY 50 48 -2
N. B. COOK ELEMENTARY 72 71 -1
NAVY POINT ELEMENTARY 33 48 15
NORTHVIEW HIGH 51 46 -5
O. J. SEMMES ELEMENTARY 48 49 1
OAKCREST ELEMENTARY 36 44 8
PENSACOLA BEACH ELEMENTARY 80 89 9
PENSACOLA HIGH 53 52 -1
PINE FOREST HIGH 44 45 1
PINE MEADOW ELEMENTARY 54 57 3
PLEASANT GROVE ELEMENTARY 49 60 11
R. C. LIPSCOMB ELEMENTARY 60 62 2
RANSOM MIDDLE 56 60 4
REINHARDT HOLM ELEMENTARY 39 35 -4
SCENIC HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY 63 60 -3
SHERWOOD ELEMENTARY 36 45 9
WARRINGTON ELEMENTARY 37 38 1
WARRINGTON MIDDLE 39 40 1
WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH 47 49 2
WEST FLORIDA HIGH  /TECHNICAL 71 70 -1
WEST PENSACOLA ELEMENTARY 39 50 11
WOODHAM MIDDLE 39 0 0
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