Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Florida releases letter grades for local school districts

Florida releases letter grades for local school districts

The state calculates school grades every year based on factors including student achievement and learning gains on standardized assessments and high school graduation rate, according to the Florida Department of Education.

The department says that they are applauding Florida's students and educators for "contributing to significant improvement over past year".

The percentage of schools that earned an "A" or a "B" statewide rose from 46 percent to 57 percent and the number of "F" schools dropped by more than half.

The Indian River County School District no longer has an F school.

Eustis High School received an "incomplete" grade. We remain extremely proud of the additional positive indicators, which confirm that with the support of families and community, we are leading our students to success.

The grades are determined by student performance on state tests.

Grades are in for Florida public schools, and two of the three Duval County middle schools threatened by a recently signed education bill, will now be turned into charter schools according to that new Florida law. In Pasco County, Calusa and Hudson elementary schools went from "F" schools to "C".

"There is always a lot of anxiety around the release of school grades". Our incredible teachers continue to stay focused on the Florida standards while delivering high quality instruction.

Sarasota County students aren't the only ones scoring high marks.

The top-rated schools are Imagine Schools at South Lake; Lake Virtual School; Grassy Lake, Lost Lake and The Villages elementary schools; and East Ridge Middle School, which saw the biggest increase, jumping from a C.

Superintendent Jeff Eakins focused on the improvement in his district, pointing out that previous year there were seven F schools.

"I think this is the [district grade] to be excited about", Dodd said. If district schools don't reach a C grade in time, they could be closed, turned into charter schools or managed by an outside entity.

It was the sixth year in a row that Flagler achieved a B grade. "If we didn't improve, I don't know what else we could have done". "In the coming days and weeks, we will look deeper into these numbers and identify ways we can make this an "A" District once again".

School district officials said 94 percent of schools were graded either an "A", "B" or "C", and 66 percent were rated an "A" or "B".

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