Rivera Beach elementary school jumps in State Assessment

Washington Elementary jumped from an "F" to a "B." (WPEC)

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa may have a found a diamond in the rough when it comes to setting the bar for academics.

Washington Elementary School, a school of 400 students, jumped to a "B" in the State Accountability System, three letter grades higher from last year's "F" grade.

Principal Sandra Edwards believes the upswing started when a new emphasis was placed on reading.

Another important factor is that all 35 faculty members have returned, which helps reinforce relationships with students, as well as expectations.

Edwards also said that while the school's three-grade jump is impressive, there is still plenty of work to be done.

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