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