Florida releases A-to-F grades for more than 3,200 schools

Florida releases A-to-F grades for more than 3,200 schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is finally releasing school grades based on tests given nearly a year ago.

The Florida Department of Education on Friday issued grades for schools that are linked to the state's new high-stakes test. The Florida Standards Assessment is based primarily on Common Core standards.

The preliminary grades given out for 3,219 schools show that 1,169 schools received A grades and 642 were given a B. A total of 184 schools earned an F grade while 365 schools were given a D. Some 859 schools got a C grade.

School grades were delayed because the state had to come up with passing scores for the new test. School superintendents wanted to pause school grades for this year based on the troubled rollout of the new test last spring.

Martin County said the school district earned an "A" grade and is tied for the third highest scoring school district in the State.

"I am extremely proud of the tremendous accomplishments we have achieved over the past school year.  Our teachers, staff and students are working diligently at every school," said Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said in a news release.  "In prior years, school grades were based on a complex calculation of student performance, proficiency and many other factors.  The current system reflects only proficiency," she said.

St. Lucie County sais the district grade awarded to it increased from a C to a B this year.

"While we celebrate the increases, one must be reminded that these results are based upon a flawed and incomplete state accountability system.  We will continue to focus on what is important – quality instruction for each child every day. As a District, we have been proactively analyzing multiple data points in order to gather clear and accurate measures of our students' progress.  Our leadership and instructional teams meet regularly to review and discuss data, create action plans, and implement these plans to support our students and teachers," Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said in a news release.

For a complete breakdown of the 2015 Florida School grades, including information on how your student's school performed, visit the Florida Department of Education School Accountability Reports .

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