Okaloosa County School District Admin Complex in Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa School District recognized for academic excellence

Okaloosa County School District Admin Complex in Fort Walton Beach

Having just earned Cognia’s District of Distinction rating, Okaloosa County Schools has receive another recognition for academic and overall excellence. 

The Florida State Board of Education recently released the list of Academically High-Performing School Districts for the 2021-2022 school year. OCSD is one of fourteen districts out of sixty-seven to meet the criteria for this designation, along with neighboring Walton and Santa Rosa counties. 

  • Last year, OCSD was one of sixteen deemed high performing. 
  • Over the previous thirteen years, the district earned this distinction eleven times.  
  • The nine consecutive OCSD appearances on the list constitute the longest streak in the state!

In order to be considered academically high-performing, a district must demonstrate its ability to maintain or improve upon its previous accomplishments. The A rating is not the only criterion for this highly-coveted award. 

According to the OCSD, a high-performing district must not have any district-operated schools earning an “F” and provide documentation proving adherence to class size expectations. The final evaluation component concerns the district’s financial health as determined by an auditing process. In keeping with its history of excellence, the Okaloosa County School District met and exceeded all expectations.

Superintendent of Okaloosa County Schools, Marcus Chambers

“We are thrilled to be named a high-performing district once again,” said Superintendent Marcus Chambers. “Such accolades are always appreciated and celebrated; however, we remain focused on future success through our commitment to continuous improvement.”

Chambers noted that one of the District’s many goals is to ensure the next generation of Okaloosa students receives the finest education possible. 

  • “Our students perennially give their best and deserve our best in return,” he added. “I am proud of every student, family, employee, and community member who contributed to the district’s success. Thank you for your partnership and unwavering dedication to keeping our schools ranked among the best in Florida.”

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