On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the 2015 baseline school grades, which are based on the administration of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) taken by students in the Spring of 2015.  High school grades are based on FSA results, as well as additional components.  The state also released District grades today.  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) earned an overall B grade in 2015, under the state’s new standards and school grade formula.

It is important to note that statewide, the 2015 baseline grades do not include learning gains, which are an important part of Florida’s school grading formula.  This is due to 2015 being the first year of the administration of the FSA. For this reason, the state is also reminding the public that the 2015 baseline school grades should not be compared against previous years’ results.

“We are committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. Our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff are working hard each day to deliver rigorous, innovative and supportive learning environments in our schools,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “While there were significant issues associated with the state’s implementation of the 2015 FSA, we are continuing to analyze data, sharing best practices, and maintain our focus on doing what’s right for students.”

Highlights of 2015 Baseline School Grades for BCPS:

  • BCPS maintained its proportion of “A” grades, despite the change to the more rigorous standardized assessments and school grade criteria.
  • Among the traditional schools, the number and percent of “A” grades increased from 63 (30 percent) to 69 (33 percent).
  • One school, Tropical Elementary School, increased its grade by two letter grades to obtain an “A” in 2015.
  • Despite the change in assessment and grade criteria, nearly two-thirds (125 schools or 61 percent) of BCPS traditional schools maintained their grade from the prior year.
  • Overall BCPS earned a “B” grade, the same grade as in 2014 and an improvement from 2013.


Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, retirees partnered with North Lauderdale Mayor Jack Brady, Commissioner Jerry Graziose and City Staff, Friday, February 5, 2016 in wearing red in celebration of American Heart Association, “Go Red For Women”.   International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson and the 2014-2018 International Program Committee for the sorority partnered with the American Heart Association for one of its six service impact days, “Pink Goes Red” for a day.

Chapter retirees did not stop with the celebration impact day, they provided on-line donations to the American Heart Association to beat heart disease in women via a link “Team Chi Psi Omega Chapter”.

Retirees in attendance included Barbara J. Thomas, Veronica E. Phillips, Bennie J. Edwards, Jerelene S. Franklin and Bernice Pearson.


The Coral Springs City Commission is considering taking over special districts. Coral Springs Vice Mayor Dan Daley is concerned about how special districts work. During a commission meeting, he led a discussion on taking over the work of some of the districts. There are five drainage districts in the City. However these districts can only be disbanded after receiving state approval. The commission may ask the state legislature to consider this matter as a local bill.

Coral Springs defeated Piper 70 to 35 in a home basketball playoff game.


Lacrosse is a very popular sport at J.P. Taravella High School. It is a competitive and fun sport to play. Pictured here, the J.P. Taravella girls’ lacrosse team competes against Western High School.


Senator Bill Nelson wants the Iranian government to help find Bob Levinson of Coral Springs. He is being held hostage in Iran. Nelson submitted a resolution and it was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It will be voted on by the Senate. Coral Springs Mayor Walter Campbell has also called for the return of Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who was working for the CIA when he was taken hostage.


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