Do public schools make the grade?

New website provides School Facts JAX


The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) recently released school statistics on their website which indicates that there is both good news and not-so-good news about the public schools in the area.

The JPEF is an independent nonprofit organization that believes informed and active citizens together with attentive and aligned community leaders will move the public schools in a positive direction to prepare their students with success-oriented skills. The recent launch of the website presents information about public school performance through easy-to-use, interactive charts and visualizations.

A glance through School Facts Jax shows that while many elementary, middle and high schools have passing to acceptable “grades”, there are a few that aren’t quite making the grade.

Five of the six elementary schools in the Riverside/Avondale /Ortega/Murray Hill area have current school grades of A, but a look back at the previous five years often tells a different story. Both John Stockton and Ruth Upson Elementary Schools are “straight A” schools for the 2008-2012 period, but their school reading and math scores tell different stories: mid-90s in both for Stockton, while Upson’s scores are 83 in reading and 71 in math. Both Venetia Elementary and Fishweir Elementary pulled their 2011 C grades up to As in 2012, Central Riverside Elementary went up one grade to an A, and Ortega Elementary’s report card hold a B. Only West Riverside Elementary had a disappointing year with a D, falling one grade level.

Students attending Lakeshore Middle School need to do a bit more homework. The overall grade for the school is a C for the fifth year in a row, and both reading and math scores are dismally low, 48 and 46, indicating there’s a lot of work to be done.

Moving into high school, the 2012 grade is pending for Robert E. Lee High School, but if the reading and math scores are any indication, Lee won’t make the grade. With just one B out of the past four years (in 2011), and disappointingly low scores in reading (37) and math (69), students preparing to graduate this spring have a lot of catching up to do.

To see the grades for yourself, go to

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