Florida Schools Receive Grades

Gov. Jeb Bush said nearly seven out of 10 Florida schools are now considered “high performing,” and have earned a school grade of "A" or "B."

However, less than one in four schools meet all criteria for the federal "No Child Left Behind Act."

The governor admits the mixed results mean Florida still has a lot of work to do.

More than two-thirds of Florida’s schools are now listed as “A” or “B” schools, thanks to students’ improving scores on FCAT tests.

Gov. Jeb Bush says teachers deserve a lot of the credit.

Gov. Bush said, “In Florida we’re committed to giving every child the quality education that they deserve and I’m really proud of the classroom teachers of this state.”

Still, 49 schools got an “F” this year. Students in schools earning a second “F” are now eligible for vouchers to a private school. Plus only two districts in the state, Leon and Wakulla made adequate yearly progress under the federal no child left behind guidelines.

Students in about a 1,000 of those schools may be eligible to transfer to another public school. However, critics say combining state and federal information will only confuse parents, and make things more complicated for the schools. The governor predicts there won’t be a massive shuffle, mainly because students can only transfer to a school that did meet the federal requirements, and so few of them do. Arrhea Williams is one principal who made it happen.

The State Department of Education will now require school districts with “F” schools to put a new action plan in place.