2016-2017 school grades released by Florida Department of Education

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By: Lanetra Bennett
June 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Report cards are out for schools across Florida after the Department of Education released its grades Wednesday.

57 percent of Florida schools earned an "A" or "B" grade.

In Leon County Schools, 95 percent of schools earned "C" or better.
That's 35 out of 37 schools.

Twelve schools earned an "A" grade and seven schools were graded a "B."

92 percent of elementary schools earned a letter grade of an "A," "B," or "C." All high schools and middle schools graded received a letter grade of an "A," "B," or "C.".

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna said, "It's over. There's always a lot of anxiety when it comes to releasing the school grades.

"Our site administrators, our school principals, teachers, and students have put so much time and effort preparing for the state assessments," continued Hanna. "Now, today is payday."

Five of the six schools who received a "D" last year improved one letter grade, up to a "C".

Those are Rickards High School, Astoria Park Elementary School, Hartsfield Elementary School, Pineview Elementary School, and Nims Middle School.

The principal at Nims Middle School, Dr. Kelvin Norton, said, "Former Principal Desmond Cole did a wonderful job and his team. What this says is that all kids can learn and no matter where the schools are located, things can go well. Kids can do well with people that care about them and love on them."

The one school that did not improve its "D" grade is Oak Ridge Elementary School.

Wilhemina Bassa has grandchildren attending Oak Ridge. She's shocked the school got a "D" two years in a row.

"She's [her granddaughter] had a good education here. They have a lot of good teachers here at Oak Ridge," explained Bassa. "But, they have to teach the tests so much that I don't think that they're able to teach exactly everything that they need to teach."

"They were the school that was one point from a C, ironically." Superintendent Hanna said.

Hanna says Oak Ridge got 40 points, but needed 41 to go up a grade.

"I have to admit, though, school grades are overrated," continued Hanna. "I've always said that comparing schools on one part of town against another is unfair. It's like comparing apples to oranges, different students to different populations, different dynamics involved.

"All and all, I'm proud."

Hanna says the district will now work with administrators and teachers at Oak Ridge to come up with an improvement plan. He says he's still checking to see if the state's new charter school rules will have any impact here.

"All in all, in Leon County we have an amazing public school system," said Hanna.

Information and links to other school districts below.

By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Wednesday, the Florida Department of Education released its official grades for schools and school districts across the state.

57 percent of Florida schools earned an A or B grade, up from 46 percent last year.

The number of F grade schools decreased by 61 percent, dropping from 111 schools in 2015-16 to 43 schools in 2016-17.

The grades offer a reprieve for five of six Leon County schools that have had poor grades in the past two years.

Astoria Park, Hartsfield, and Pineview Elementary, Nims Middle School and Rickards High School all improved their grades to Cs in 2016.

They avoided three D or Fs in a row, which could have forced the schools to close or transition to charter operations, under new rules in Florida’s education law.

Oak Ridge Elementary was the only one of the six to get a D or F for a third year in a row. It’s not clear what that will mean for Oak Ridge moving forward.

For a complete list of school grades by county, click here.

For a complete list of district grades, click here.

For a complete list of statewide grade reports, visit schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

Grades for school districts in the WCTV viewing area are available below:

  • Gadsden County – C

  • Hamilton County – D

  • Jefferson County – D

  • Lafayette County – B

  • Leon County – B

  • Madison County – C

  • Suwannee County – B

  • Taylor County – C

  • Wakulla County – A

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