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Manatee officials seek some good in state rankings



While many Florida education leaders pan the state's new school and district ranking system as simplistic, at least one district is trying to use it for something positive.

Manatee district officials decided to call educators at the top 25 ranked elementary schools to see if they could find common threads for success that they might adopt for their own schools. Manatee's highest ranked elementary school was Witt Elementary, at 82.

"No one school has it all," Joe Stokes, Manatee’s director of elementary education, told the Bradenton Herald. "But you have to figure that if it’s something that’s going on in multiple places, that provides us some guidance."

FLDOE spokeswoman Cheryl Etters told the Herald that such a conversation was exactly what the department intended when it released the rankings. More often, though, the talk has been more focused on criticism that the list did not take into account demographics, which play a key factor in student performance.

People sure are talking about the lists. Any chance that the discussion will turn the way Manatee is taking it?

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 6:26am]


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