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Bevis Elementary Aces School Grades, Ranks 5th in Florida

August 30, 2017 - Points of Pride

Bevis Elementary School in Hillsborough County is raising the bar for academics. It’s tough to do. State records show for at least the 15th year in a row, the K-5 school received an “A” from the Florida Department of Education for the 2016-2017 school year.

But this year, there’s even more reason to celebrate the success: recently-released scores from Spring testing revealed Bevis is the 5th highest-ranked school overall in the state, and the 3rd highest-ranked non-magnet school.

“I was thrilled,” said Bevis Elementary School Principal Melanie Cochrane. “I’m thrilled for our teachers and thrilled for our kiddos. They work so hard each-and-every day and to have them have that success, and have it pay off, it's a good feeling inside.” 

“That’s something we really strive to work with the kids on is not only academics, but feeling that success. It does make them feel happy when they are able to celebrate being such a high-achieving school,” said Assistant Principal Rebecca Thoms.

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Area 5 Superintendent Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald couldn’t be prouder. “To see 5th in the state, it just gives you chills to think how exciting it is that they were able to do that. They not only have their achievement score: 96% of their math students getting “3” or higher, they also saw growth in their bottom quartile kids. Which is often quite difficult,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

The school and district credit the hard work of students, teachers and staff for the gains made from 2016 to 2017. They earned 607/700 points this year, up from 551 points in 2016.

Dr. Nicole Binder, Director of Assessment and Accountability with Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Office of Teaching and Learning believes Bevis’s efforts are a model for all schools in the state.

“Scores over time are able to provide a snapshot into the student population and the hard work of the staff at a school. Performance measures are important but, the truer picture is how the school staff is working to ensure all students are making continued academic growth in reading and mathematics,” said Dr. Binder.

Elementary School grades are determined by seven components:
English Language Arts: Achievement, Learning Gains and Learning Gains of the Lowest 25%
Mathematics: Achievement, Learning Gains and Learning Gains of the Lowest 25%
Science: Achievement

Middle and High School grades also factor in:
Social Studies: Achievement
Middle School Acceleration
Graduation Rate
College and Career Acceleration

“It's a whole team effort,” said Cochrane. “It's the teachers. It’s the parents. It’s the PTA. It’s the community. It’s the kiddos. We really come together for the best needs of all students at Bevis. Our goal is for our students to do the best they possibly can with at least one year's growth. I think having that crystal focus keeps us working towards the same goal.”

Leaders vow that Bevis Elementary will continue to raise the bar.

“They're not saying, 'Now we can sit back.' No, they're still fighting and looking at what do they need to do as a school to make sure student achievement is the focus of their work every day,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

“As we personalize instruction for kids, we’re looking at what they need to do, and what we need to do to continue to grow, so we can be the best, so we can meet the needs of the kids who come in each-and-every year to our school,” said Cochrane. “It's not just something I say, it's how I feel: I'm the very proud principal of Colleen Bevis Elementary School!”

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