Volusia, Flagler school districts score B grades on state report card

Volusia, Flagler school districts score B grades on state report card

The top-rated schools are Imagine Schools at South Lake; Lake Virtual School; Grassy Lake, Lost Lake and The Villages elementary schools; and East Ridge Middle School, which saw the biggest increase, jumping from a C.

The Florida Department of Education released the preliminary school grades for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday, and many Southwest Florida schools are celebrating successes. Pinellas County also made great strides. About 540 of them, or 30 percent, earned the top rank compared to 21 percent the year before. In Pasco County, Calusa and Hudson elementary schools went from "F" schools to "C". The number of A-rated schools in Nassau, seven, was one fewer than last year, while in St. Johns the A rated schools grew to 25, up one from last year.

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.

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. All of the schools in the district received grades that were either improved or unchanged from past year. All three are charter schools.

View the Orange County school grades here. Elementary schools saw the largest increase in "A" schools with 30 percent, up from 21 percent past year, state officials said. DeSoto, Glades and Hendry were all C districts, unchanged from previous year.

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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.

If Florida schools had a year book, Miami-Dade would hands down win "most improved". "We should all be proud of their efforts", said Superintendent of Schools Rocky Hanna. Melrose Elementary went from an "F" in 2016 to a "C" in 2017. Additionally, 50 of Florida's school districts have no "F" graded schools in 2016-17. Montessori Academy in Fort Lauderdale, which fell from a D to an F, and Larkdale Elementary in Fort Lauderdale, which plunged from a C to an F.

Most of Duval's 36 "transformation schools" also showed improved grades.

There is a financial incentive for those schools that do well on the annual report card.