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Clay County School District Improves To ‘A’ Grade, Ranks 8th In Florida

Lindsey Kilbride

Clay County is celebrating an “A” grade after two years of “B”s. The district improved 3 percentage points from last year, tying it with Nassau and Liberty counties for eighth place.

“These results represent the hard work, dedication, and commitment from our teachers, leaders, district staff, support staff, and board members,” said Superintendent Addison Davis in an emailed statement. “From day one, my vision was to strengthen teaching and learning to become an ‘A’ school district.”

The district went from 12 “A” schools  in 2017 to 17 of them this year.

Clay doesn’t have any “F” grades, but Charles E. Bennett Elementary fell from a “C” to the district’s only “D” grade.

McRae and Wilkinson eLementaries showed the greatest improvements. Wilkinson improved from a “C” to “A” in one year.

The district is also celebrating that the majority of its 11 Title I schools, with high numbers of low-income students, made “A” and “B” grades.

Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at@lindskilbride.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.