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Here are the 10 Pinellas schools that improved by two grades this year.

Another 22 rose by one grade, and 14 fell back.
Campbell Park Elementary was one of 10 Pinellas County schools to improve its state rating by two letter grades this year. The school rose from an F last year to a C in 2019. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published Jul. 12

After Thursday’s release of school grades in Florida, educators across the state are analyzing how they got the rating they did and how they might improve it next year. A Tampa Bay Times analysis of 2019 Pinellas County results found 10 schools that did especially well, rising by two grades.

We also found 22 schools that improved by one grade and 14 schools that dropped a grade or more. All three categories are listed below. The grades in parentheses are from 2018.

To see the full list of schools, visit this Florida Department of Education link and click on the Excel file for “School Grades.”

SCHOOLS THAT ROSE BY TWO GRADES:

Baypoint Elementary, St. Petersburg: B (D)

Campbell Park Elementary, St. Petersburg: C (F)

Curlew Creek Elementary, Palm Harbor: A (C)

Leila Davis Elementary, Clearwater: A (C)

Garrison-Jones Elementary, Dunedin: A (C)

Meadowlawn Middle, St. Petersburg: B (D)

Ponce de Leon Elementary, Clearwater: C (F)

Shore Acres Elementary, St. Petersburg: A (C)

Alfred Adler Charter School (K-8), St. Petersburg: A (C)

Plato Academy Pinellas Park Charter School: B (D)

In this 2016 photo, students celebrate Veterans Day at Curlew Creek Elementary. The Palm Harbor school improved its grade to an A this year, up from a C in 2018. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]


SCHOOLS THAT ROSE BY ONE GRADE:

Azalea Elementary, St. Petersburg: B (C)

Bardmoor Elementary, Seminole: B (C)

Largo Middle, B (C)

Belcher Elementary, Clearwater: B (C)

Dunedin Elementary: B (C)

Eisenhower Elementary, Clearwater: B (C)

Fairmount Park Elementary, St. Petersburg: C (D)

Fitzgerald Middle, Largo: B (C)

Fuguitt Elementary, Largo: B (C)

Lynch Elementary, St. Petersburg B (C)

Lakeview Elementary, St. Petersburg: B (C)

McMullen-Booth Elementary, Clearwater: B (C)

Northwest Elementary, St. Petersburg: B (C)

Oakhurst Elementary, Largo: A (B)

Ozona Elementary, Palm Harbor: A (B)

Pinellas Park Elementary: C (D)

San Jose Elementary, Dunedin: B (C)

Seminole Elementary: B (C)

John Hopkins Middle, St. Petersburg: C (D)

New Heights Elementary, St. Petersburg: C (D)

Lake St. George Elementary, Palm Harbor: B (C)

Gulf Beaches Elementary, St. Petersburg: A (B)

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman visited Fairmount Park Elementary in 2017. The school improved from a D to a C this year, according to school grade data released Thursday by the state. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]


SCHOOLS THAT DROPPED BY ONE OR MORE GRADES

Azalea Middle, St. Petersburg: D (C)

Frontier Elementary, Clearwater: B (A)

High Point Elementary, Clearwater: D (C)

Jamerson Elementary, St. Petersburg: C (B)

Lealman Avenue Elementary, St. Petersburg: D (C)

North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg: C (B)

Osceola Middle, Seminole: C (B)

Pinellas Park High: C (B)

Sawgrass Lake Elementary, St. Petersburg: C (B)

Sunset Hills Elementary, Tarpon Springs: B (A)

Tarpon Springs Middle: C (B)

Southern Oak Elementary, Largo: C (A)

Athenian Academy charter school, Clearwater: C (B)

Plato Academy Largo Charter School: C (B)

A fourth-grade student updates a progress board for English language arts at High Point Elementary, one of 14 Pinellas schools that saw their state rating drop by at least one letter grade in 2019. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]



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