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Meet Superintendent Davis

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    Accomplishments to Date

    Addison Davis is the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County Public Schools in Florida. He took office in November 2016. Addison believes in putting students’ best interests at the heart of all decision-making, goal-based management, and building a school system that embraces the entire community. 

    In December of 2019, Addison was named the Sunshine State Public Relations Association's 2019 Superintendent Communicator of the Year. Within his first year in Clay County, Addison was named a 2017-2018 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association. This award recognizes superintendents for their dynamic, fast-paced leadership and strong communication skills. 

    Before arriving in Clay County, Addison Davis served as the Chief of Schools for Duval County Public School System, the nation’s 20th largest school district, serving over 120,000 students for three years. He has worked for Duval County Schools for eighteen years, starting as a teacher, moving to an Assistant Principal, Principal, Executive Director of Turnaround, Middle School Cluster Chief, and Region Superintendent. He directed the work of Principal Supervisors, Principals, Assistant Principals, Leadership Development, School Improvement, School Choice and Magnet, Extended Learning, School Climate and Culture, School Police, Operations and Facilities, and Student Discipline.

    Superintendent Davis' experience in transforming schools has resulted in increased student achievement in large urban and mid-size suburban Florida school districts. The following are significant accomplishments he has made while with Clay County District Schools:

    • Improved the CCDS’s academic state ranking from 20th to 8th in the state;
    • Improved CCDS’s district grade from a “B” to “A” for consecutive years for the first time since 2012;
      • Increased reading proficiency by 6%;
      • Increased reading learning gains by 7%;
      • Increased bottom quartile gains by 7%;
      • Increased math proficiency by 4%;
      • Increased math learning gains by 5%;
      • Increased math bottom quartile gains by 7%;
      • Increased science proficiency by 7%;
      • Increased social studies proficiency by 5%;
      • Increased middle school acceleration by 31%;
    • Increased the number of “A” and “B” schools from 63% to 92%;
    • Increased the number of “A” Schools from 6 in 2015 to 27 in 2018-19;
    • Improved overall graduation rate from 83% (2015) to 90.7% (2018);
      • Increased African American graduation rate from 82.1% to 91.1%;
      • Increased Hispanic graduation rate from 83.6% to 91.1%;
      • Increased White graduation rate from 83.3% to 90%;
      • Increased Two/Three Race graduation rate from 87.7% to 94.5%;
      • Increased At-Risk Students graduation rate from 63.4% to 82.3%;
      • Increased Students with Disabilities graduation rate from 68.1% to 82.3%;
      • Increased ELL graduation rate from 60.0% to 77.5%;
    • Increased college readiness in reading by 21% (61% to 82%);
    • Increased college readiness in math by 22% (45% to 67%);
    • Improved the financial health of the school district by increasing the fund balance from 2.68% to 4.65%;
    • Improved the overall district bond rating from A- - to A+;
    • Built a new elementary school in Clay County debt free with a $25 million dollar expenditure;
    • Increased the number of school buses with air conditioning by 83%;
    • Assisted in obtaining an additional revenue stream as the district passed one mill increase;
    • Improved technology access for all supporting digital natives:
    • Provided high density wireless access to all schools and instructional classrooms;
    • Reduced the student: computer ratio from 2:5 to 1:2;
    • Increased Industry Certifications by 40% while one pathway obtained National Model Status;
    • Expanded school choice programs, school configurations, redesigned school boundaries to increase enrollment;
    • Established a clear common language for our instructional vision in CCDS by establishing a theory of action;
    • Established instructional rounds to calibrate instructional lens while identifying immediate needs for tiered instructional support;
    • Designed core curriculum and instructional supplemental materials to ensure alignment to Florida Standards and equitable access for all learners;
    • Transformed all principal and assistant principal meetings from informational to actionable professional learning aligned to improve student achievement;
    • Outpaced the national average in every domain on the Cultural Index Survey presented by TNTP;
    • Increased advanced course offerings for all learners in Clay County:
      • Added acceleration programs to all high schools;
      • Increased students taking AP Exams from 2,238 to 2,621;
      • Increased students passing AP Exams from 2,080 to 2,122;
      • Increased Dual Enrollment credits earned from 1,003 to 1,174;
      • Increased students earning college credits from 2,003 to 2,294;
      • Increased IB Diplomas earned from 42 to 63;
      • Increased AICE Diplomas earned from 95 to 115;
    • Expanded school choice by adding Montessori, Cambridge Pre-AICE, Collegiate High Schools, Visual and Performing Arts, STEAM, and Early Cambridge;
    • Established Partnership with University of North Florida to create Professional Model Schools;
    • Placed educational interns at Title I Schools;
    • Provided 30 free Masters degrees for teachers within Title I Schools;
    • Launched Hour of Coding in all Schools (only school district in state);
    • Launched District Police Department in five months and placed school resource officers in every school;
    • Managed the conversion of the district ERP system and launched a SIS conversion;
    • Expanded mental health partnerships with community agencies to establish Drop-In Clinics and clinical services for students and staff;
    • Launched three Community Partnership Schools strategically across the district;
    • Established district-wide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) priorities;
      • Implemented a common district-wide K-12 SEL curriculum;
      • Administered biannual Panorama Survey to gauge student SEL beliefs.

    Since taking office as Superintendent at the end of 2016, the Clay County School District has seen dramatic improvements across all performance metrics. Clay County's graduation rate has risen 6.4 percentage points, bringing Clay County from 20th in the statein the state to 8th. For the first time in the history of Clay county, African-American students have recorded a higher graduation rate than the district average. Additionally, Superintendent Davis is leading the construction of Clay County's first new school is more than five years with Discovery Oaks Elementary in northern Clay County, an area with a tremendous growth rate.

    Addison has lived in Clay County for fourteen years with his lovely wife, Natalie and their two daughters, Madisyn and Kaitlyn.  They reside in the Oakleaf Plantation area. He was born and raised in northeast Florida and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University. 

     

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