Lake district earns a B grade from state, up from a C

Grades for Florida schools released

The Florida Department of Education released letter grades for each of the state's 67 school districts on Wednesday, and Santa Rosa County showed the biggest improvement locally, moving from a "B" to an "A" for 2017.

Volusia County schools maintained a "B" rated district and 56 percent of the schools are rated "A" or "B", a 16 percent increase from previous year.

Grades for each county district include traditional public schools and charter schools, which are public schools that operate independently of districts and elected school boards.

Lake County schools improved from a "C" school district last year to a "B" school district this year. The county's overall score placed the district among the top 25 in the state.

That's not happened before in the county, district officials said.

Eyewitness News will update this story with school grades and district responses as they become available.

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.

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Conversely, the other 5 schools improved scores, including Hartsfield Elementary, which earned 2 straight D's before 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. "Today's announcement is further evidence that Florida's accountability system is integral to ensuring all students have access to the high-quality education they deserve".

"Our district continues to demonstrate improvement in the third year of the Florida State Assessment Program", said Patricia Willis, interim superintendent of Duval schools.

A list of all school grades can be seen here.

In addition to school grades, the department also calculates district grades annually based on the same criteria.

100% of high schools and middle schools graded received a letter grade of an "A", "B", or "C".

The state grades are based largely on student performance on standardized tests.

"I think this is the [district grade] to be excited about", Dodd said. "Kudos to our teachers, students and administrators for providing a quality, personalized education for every student".

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