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Up some, down some with Pinellas school grades



Pinellas schools saw mixed results, with some positive trends, with the middle and elementary school grades released this morning.

More elementary schools jumped a grade (21) than dropped a grade (14), while more middle schools fell back (6) than moved up (2). Meanwhile, the three F-rated elementary schools last year - Woodlawn, Lakewood and Fairmount Park - all improved (to C, D and D, respectively), but two more - Melrose and Maximo - fell into the F category.

"In Pinellas, we had significant improvements, especially in our struggling schools," Superintendent Julie Janssen said in a written statement. "There's always room for improvement, but overall, I am pleased that our focus on teacher professional development and targeting our resources to meet specific school needs has resulted in improved student performance. Our teachers and our students deserve to be recognized for their achievements."

Overall, the district earned a B grade, as it has every year. Click here to see the school-by-school results.

Last year, among elementary schools, Pinellas had 32 A's, 19 B's, 14 C's, 5 D's and 3 F's. This year, the numbers were 38, 11, 18, 4 and 2, respectively.

Among middle schools last year, Pinellas had 8 A's, 6 B's, 5 C's and no D's or F's. This year, it has 9, 2, 6, 2 and zero, respectively.

The state also released the number of points that high schools received from FCAT scores, which make up 50 percent of the grade that they'll receive later this year. Pinellas put together a points comparison between this year and last, which we attached below.

The most improved: Boca Ciega, followed by Gibbs, then Dixie Hollins and Countryside. All but Countryside are under heightened state oversight. The fourth high school under state scrutiny, Lakewood, fell slightly.


[Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:43am]


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