The Planning, Accountability and Assessment (PAA) department is currently overseeing the administration of state and district exams throughout schools in the county. Data from these exams are used for many purposes, including final exams for the gradebook, teacher evaluation, and raising student achievement. The Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading assessment is underway across the district and full scale state testing is set to begin in just a few days for Reading, Math and End-of-Course assessments. In addition, final preparations are being made for the third round of iReady diagnostic testing and District Final Exams. With approximately six weeks remaining in the school year, schools are also finishing their alternative assessments for applicable students and high schools are planning for upcoming AP, AICE and IB testing. These upcoming weeks are some of the busiest for schools and they are working diligently each day to meet the needs of the students and administer all of the required assessments with fidelity.
The St Johns County School District recently completed an institutional review by AdvancEd, the organization that awards and monitors the accreditation of the St Johns County School District. An eight-member AdvancEd team conducted a thorough review of the school district during a visit their April 2- 5. The team visited 11 school sites and conducted nearly 250 interviews with district and school staff, school board members, parents, community members and students.