Florida schools see big gains in letter grades this year

Grades for Florida schools released

Grades for Florida schools released

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a controversial education bill on June 16 to funnel money toward privately funded charter schools and put lower-performing schools in jeopardy based on their yearly school grades.

Search our database to find out how your school fared. Eight school districts improved their district grade from a "B" in 2015-16 to an "A" in 2016-17, and 10 school districts improved their district grade from a "C" in 2015-16 to a "B" in 2016-17. There were also fewer F schools.

About 71 percent of Florida's D-rated or F-rated schools improved a letter grade over past year.

"We worked so hard". She was succeeded by Diane Kornegay, who took the helm in March after moving from the Clay County School District southwest of Jacksonville.

The percentage of schools that earned an "A" or a "B" statewide rose from 46 percent to 57 percent and the number of "F" schools dropped by more than half. "We will continue to implement stronger leadership and instructional support structures for these schools, which will result in a continual increase in student achievement". About 540 of them, or 30 percent, earned the top rank compared to 21 percent the year before.

The Florida Department of Education has released school grades for the 2016-17 school year, and is touting "significant improvement over last year".

Nassau County went from a B to an A in the 2016-17 school year, and Baker and Columbia counties improved from Cs to Bs. Boynton Beach High went from a D to a C. Olympic Heights in Boca Raton moved from a B to an A.

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

Of Duval's two F grades, only one, Ramona Boulevard Elementary, is a traditional school.

Many district schools still struggle to bring up reading performance to grade-level proficiency, according to recently released test scores.

Palm Beach County School District held on to its B rating, as did each of Florida's other six large urban districts, including Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

7 schools increased by one letter grade, including all of the traditional high schools.

Grades for each county district include traditional public schools and charter schools, which are public schools that operate independently of districts and elected school boards.

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