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Florida issues school grades: F's down, A's and B's up

Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart

Florida Department of Education

Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart



Florida's school grades showed marked improvement in 2016-17, according to the results released Wednesday morning.

The number of F schools fell by 61 percent, to 43, with 79 percent of schools earning F a year ago increasing by at least one grade level. The percentage of Florida's schools receiving an A or B hit 57 percent, or 1,834, up from 46 percent a year ago.

Among notable results in the Tampa Bay area, Melrose Elementary in Pinellas County -- the state's lowest performing school three years ago -- earned a C. Two Pasco County schools that received F's a year ago, Calusa and Hudson elementary schools, improved to C's as well.

The grading system uses 11 criteria, including learning gains and proficiency levels. It is essentially unchanged from a year ago.

"I am incredibly proud of our state's students, parents, teachers and leaders for their hard work, which led to these exceptional outcomes," education commissioner Pam Stewart said in a news release. "Today's announcement is further evidence that Florida's accountability system is integral to ensuring all students have access to the high-quality education they deserve. It is particularly important in identifying low-performing schools that need additional assistance to help their students reach their full potential. I am proud that more than two-thirds of the schools that were being monitored through the school improvement program improved to a C or better."

Please read our story for more details. Visit the state website to see individual school and district results.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:47pm]


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