Florida also issues district grades, lowest performing elementary school list
Annual school grades were just part of the latest data released Friday by the Florida Department of Education.
Less noticed, but also with their own impact, school districts grades came out, along with the list of lowest performing elementary schools. Those schools have to offer an extra hour of daily reading instruction.
More than half the districts saw their grades drop, with none showing improvement. Thirty-three remained the same.
Of the 67 districts, just three -- Okaloosa, Sarasota and St. Johns -- earned A's. Locally, Hernando and Pinellas counties held steady at B, while Hillsborough dropped from A to B and Pasco dropped from B to C.
Among the lowest performing 300 elementary schools, based on language arts test results, 40 schools are in Hillsborough County. Shaw Elementary and Washington Elementary fell into the lowest five performing schools statewide. Just one of five struggling Pinellas County elementary schools -- Campbell Park -- remained in the bottom 12 statewide, with others showing modest improvements but remaining on the list.
Overall, 12 Pinellas schools landed on the lowest performing 300 list, along with 11 Pasco schools and one Hernando school.