Florida grades: 41 PBC schools improve, district keeps B rating

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

The number of  A- and B- rated schools statewide is up and the number of failing schools has been cut by more than half, DOE reports.

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.

Districts earn scores in 11 100-point categories that include student performance on the state’s English, math, science and social studies tests, the high school graduation rate and the number of students enrolled in advanced courses. And on that scale, while all the state’s big districts earned a B, Palm Beach County earned the most points.

To our north, Martin County’s district was among 11 statewide to land an A. St. Lucie County joins Palm Beach in a group of 37 statewide to score a B.

Read our full story here.

Some quick highlights from Palm Beach County’s schools, including charters:

41 schools went up at least one grade.

2 schools went up two grades: Grove Park Elementary and the charter Glades Academy Inc.

Washington Elementary leaped forward three grades from F to a B.

No schools moved down more than one grade, but 21 schools did slip that one.

At the high school level, only two grades changed. Boynton Beach High went from a D to a C. Olympic Heights in Boca Raton moved from a B to an A.

Martin County highlights: 

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

Crystal Lake Elementary went from a C to an A.

The district earned an A and has a score among the top 10 in the state.

A more detailed look at Palm Beach County schools: 

The statewide highlights include:

  • The percentage of schools earning an “A” or “B” increased to 57 percent (1,834 schools), up from 46 percent (1,531 schools) in 2015-16.
  • 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.
  • A total of 1,589 schools maintained an “A” grade (660 schools) or increased their grade (929 schools) in 2016-17.
  • 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.


Low-Performing Schools

  • 79 percent of schools that earned an “F” in 2015-16 improved by at least one letter grade in 2016-17.
  • 71 percent of schools that earned a “D” or “F” in 2015-16 improved by at least one letter grade in 2016-17.
  • 71 percent of the low-performing schools for which turnaround plans were presented before the State Board of Education in July 2016 improved to a C or greater.

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