Florida school grades show big declines, as predicted

Published July 26, 2013

Florida's elementary and middle school grades came out today, with performance dropping as expected.

About 53 percent of schools saw their grade go down from a year earlier, with about 550 schools being protected from multiple letter grade drops because of the state's "safety net" rule. They break down as follows:

• 760 A's, compared to 1,242 in 2012
• 677 B's, compared to 609 in 2012
• 721 C's, compared to 494 in 2012
• 353 D's, compared to 212 in 2012
• 107 F's, compared to 40 in 2012

Commissioner Tony Bennett said the results are not an indication of students, schools and teachers doing worse, but rather a reflection of the state's move to more rigorous expectations. See our developing story.

Among local districts, Pasco County had 20 A's, 8 B's, 24 C's and 14 D's, with no F's. That compares to 26 A's, 23 B's, 20 C's and 6 D's a year ago. The distribution this year is:

A - Trinity Elementary, Seven Springs Middle, Oakstead Elementary, Double Branch Elementary, Trinity Oaks Elementary, Long Middle, Veterans Elementary, Odessa Elementary, Connerton Elementary, Deer Park Elementary, River Ridge Middle, Pine View Middle, Lake Myrtle Elementary, Sand Pine Elementary, Wesley Chapel Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, Academy at the Farm, Countryside Montessori, Imagine School
B - Denham Oaks Elementary, Rushe Middle, Locke Elementary, Weightman Middle, Cypress Elementary, Anclote Elementary, Pine View Elementary, Dayspring Academy
C- Cox Elementary, Marlowe Elementary, Chasco Middle, Chasco Elementary, Sunray Elementary, Centennial Middle, Smith Middle, West Zephyrhills Elementary, New River Elementary, Gulf Trace Elementary, Crews Lake Middle, Watergrass Elementary, Woodland Elementary, San Antonio Elementary, Cotee River Elementary, Schrader Elementary, Bayonet Point Middle, Quail Hollow Elementary, Seven Springs Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Shady Hills Elementary, Calusa Elementary, Hudson Middle
D - Taylor Elementary, Pasco Elementary, Pasco Middle, Gulf Highlands Elementary, Stewart Middle, Gulf Middle, Hudson Elementary, Lacoochee Elementary, Fox Hollow Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Giella Elementary, Gulfside Elementary, Moon Lake Elementary, Athenian Academy

Notably, Hudson Elementary joined Lacoochee Elementary as a triple-D school, paving the way for it to require a turnaround plan. Superintendent Kurt Browning said there is "no way" he would order a restaffing of the school so close to the start of classes. "We are going to be very keyed in and provide the supports that the new administration needs at Hudson Elementary to get those students to where they need to be by the end of the next school year," he said.

Hudson does have a new principal and assistant principal for the coming year.