Journalism Next: Dropping to B state rating not acceptable to BHS

Special to the HeraldJanuary 27, 2014 

For the second consecutive year, Bayshore High School has been classified by the Florida Department of Education as a B-rated school.

Because of the hard work and dedication of Bayshore's staff and students, the school was able to retain its well-deserved rating.

According to Ginger Collins, a Bayshore High School assistant principal, BHS is not a B school. Collins maintains it should be an A school.

"Bayshore High School was an A school last year, but because of us not getting the points for our dual-enrollment students ... we remained a B," Collins said.

The Bayshore rating was challenged with an appeal sent in to the Florida Department of Education asking state officials to reconsider their decision by taking dual-enrollment students into consideration, but the appeal was declined.

Most Bayshore students and staff say they believe it is an A school.

"This year we are a solid B, but Bayshore is truly an A school and will be an A school," Collins said.

A school's grade is determined by its success in various complex categories. The 16 pieces to the school grading system include end-of-course assessments, proficiency in reading and writing, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, student learning gains, graduation rates, academic acceleration and college readiness.

Although the final grade a school receives is decided by the Florida Department of Education, the real deciding factor is the students.

"Students decide what school grade we get, because ultimately the students have the power to achieve," Collins said. "I believe that all students can and will learn, so when students strive to succeed on assessments a higher school

grade we will have."

The power is in the hands of the students at BHS, she said. Hard work and dedication to perform at your best ability will allow self-success, and success for peers, teachers and a school as a whole, she said.

BHS depends on students to try their best in every academic course they take. Students who take the initiative to succeed in their school lives and use their power will be rewarded later in life, she said.

"Students don't realize they have a lot of power," Collins said, "and sometimes they cheat themselves. We depend on their students to do their very best, that's why it's do important that they do their very best."

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