Friday, 21 July, 2017

Dade school grades come back with milestone: no F schools

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Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 23:38

Sarasota County Schools has earned another A grade for the 2016-2017 school year from the Florida Department of Education, and is one of only two districts in the state to have earned an A every year since grading began in 20014.

An official with the Seminole County School District praised the top A-rated schools.

Collier County was the only district in Southwest Florida to earn an A. Charlotte and Lee counties got B's, just as they did in 2016.

But many parents look to the ratings as an easy way to measure a school's performance.

Lake County schools improved from a "C" school district last year to a "B" school district this year. Ramona Boulevard Elementary in Duval County went from a "C" to an "F", and William Moseley Elementary in Putnam County went from a "D" to an "F".

Glades, Hendry and DeSoto counties had no schools earning an "A".

Miles Elementary in Hillsborough County also earned a "C" this year. All three are charter schools.

He says the district and principals at that school will be going over the data from the state.

View the Seminole County school grades here.

It was the sixth year in a row that Flagler achieved a B grade.

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Across the state, the percentage of A and B schools grew from 46 percent last year to 57 percent this year, or 1,834 schools, according to the Florida Department of Education.

Elementary schools saw the largest percentage point increase in "A" schools, with 30 percent (542 schools) of elementary schools earning an "A" in 2016-17, up from 21 percent (386 schools) in 2015-16.

"While Gilbert and Northwestern Middle Schools maintained their current grade, these schools demonstrated 37- and 40-point increases, respectively", he said.

The number of "F" schools decreased by more than half (61 percent), dropping from 111 schools in 2015-16 to 43 schools in 2016-17.

"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. "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".

In Broward, nearly 36 percent of schools serving populations in which at least 7 in 10 students are poor improved their letter grade.

One school grade opponent took to Twitter on Wednesday to decry the state's school grade system.

Ribault Middle School missed the same fate with a passing "C" grade.

Letter-grade increases were also seen at other districts in Central Florida.

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