Florida school grades are out

Florida school grades are out

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The grades have improved over previous year in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Miles Elementary in Hillsborough County also earned a “C” this year.

“We worked so hard”.

In advance of the rating, School Board members and district administrators expressed concern over whether the district would retain its A rating, and predictions based on test scores had the district coming up unsure.

Statewide, the number of individual schools earning either an “A” or “B” grade increased by 11 percent to 57 percent.

The department says that they are applauding Florida’s students and educators for “contributing to significant improvement over past year”. “We will continue to implement stronger leadership and instructional support structures for these schools, which will result in a continual increase in student achievement”. Three years ago it was the state’s lowest performing school.

Sarasota County Schools has earned another A grade for the 2016-2017 school year from the Florida Department of Education, and is one of only two districts in the state to have earned an A every year since grading began in 20014.

In Palm Beach County, 23 percent earned “B’s”, about 32 percent earned “C’s” and four percent scored “D’s”.

Ribault Middle School missed the same fate with a passing “C” grade. Melrose Elementary went from an “F” in 2016 to a “C” in 2017.

Eyewitness News will update this story with school grades and district responses as they become available.

The other Northeast Florida counties, including Duval (B), St. Johns (A), Clay (B), Flagler (B), Bradford (C), Union (B) and Alachua (B) remained steady in the latest school grades, although Clay County noted that they moved to within one point of receiving an A.

Those schools that receive a failing grade on the report card are placed on a mandatory performance plan that is approved by the state.

While those schools improved there are some that are still failing, that includes three elementary schools in Hillsborough County. There were 25 in Broward, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The district also noted that Henry F. Kite, S.A. Hull, Garden City and Love Grove elementary schools all went up two letter grades.

Florida has graded its public schools every year since 1999.