Report cards are in for schools across Florida with Calhoun County earning an “A” overall as a school district. Although four out of five schools in the county brought in A’s, there is one blemish on the report card that has educators working towards improvement: a “D” at Blountstown High School.
“The high schools across the state are way down,” says Superintendent Tommy McClellan. “Marianna, Vernon, Liberty, Bay, Rickards, and FAMU were all D’s. Godby High School, East and West Gadsden were all F’s. Systematically, and I don’t know why, elementary schools do good and high schools don’t do good. But, there were some high schools in our areas that made A’s and B’s. We just tried to check out some other districts in our area and there’s just a lot of struggling in high schools. You hate to throw sour grapes out there, but something’s wrong with our testing system.”
McClellan says plans are already in place to improve the low scoring test areas at BHS. Detailed reports are available on the Florida Department of Education website.