School grades now available
From the DOE press release:
"Even with an increase in writing standards this year, the grades of Florida's public elementary, middle and non-high school combination schools remained relatively stable according to the 2011 school grades released today. As a result, more than three-quarters of these schools continue to be high performing (receiving either an “A” or “B”). Some positive exceptions to this stability include gains in the number of elementary schools graded “A” (82 additional “A” schools) and a reduction of 13 schools graded “F” (44 in 2010 to 31 in 2011).
“Our teachers, principals and school district leaders deserve tremendous credit this year for answering the call of higher standards with resounding success,” said Education Commissioner John L. Winn. “Over the last decade we have continued to raise the achievement bar to ensure our students are learning the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy, and every time that bar has been raised our schools have redoubled their efforts to the direct benefit of children.”
"Of Florida's 2,547 graded elementary, middle and non-high-school combination public schools earning "A" through "F" grades this year:
- 1,481 earned an "A" (58 percent), an increase of 82 schools compared to last year.
- 458 earned a "B" (18 percent), a decrease of 33 schools compared to last year.
- 460 earned a "C" (18 percent), a decrease of 35 schools compared to last year.
- 117 earned a "D" (5 percent), an increase of 16 schools compared to last year.
- 31 earned an "F" (1 percent), a decrease of 13 schools compared to last year.