LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Education has released school grades for the 2016-2017 school year.
The department says that they are applauding Florida's students and educators for "contributing to significant improvement over last year."
They say that 48 of Florida’s 67 school districts are now graded “A” or “B,” up from 38 in 2015-16. Additionally, they report 50 of Florida’s school districts have no “F” graded schools in 2016-17.
However, in Leon County, four of its schools earned 'D' grades.
In addition to Oak Ridge, (which now falls under criteria for an "educational emergency" under the new education law), John G. Riley Elementary School, Governor's Charter School and Imagine School at Evening Rose (now closed) all earned D grades for 2017.
The county's overall average has stayed the same in the last year, holding on to a 'B' grade, though seven of the county's schools got lower grades in 2017 than the year before.
As far as the county's "Schools of Hope", most managed to get a 'C':
- 1. Astoria Park Elementary School - C
- 2. Frank Hartsfield Elementary School - C
- 3. Oak Ridge Elementary School - D
- 4. Pineview Elementary School - C
- 5. R. Frank Nims Middle School - C
- 6. James Rickards High School - C
Oak Ridge Elementary School earned a second straight D. The district must now submit an intervention plan.
Conversely, the other 5 schools improved scores, including Hartsfield Elementary, which earned 2 straight D's before 2016-17.
Leon County Schools also released a summary of how their district did:
- 95% (35 of 37) of all schools graded earned an “A,” “B,” or “C.”
- Twelve schools are graded an “A” and seven schools are graded a “B.”
- 92% of elementary schools earned a letter grade of an “A,” “B,” or “C.”
- 100% of high schools and middle schools graded received a letter grade of an “A,” “B,” or “C.”
- Five of the six schools who received a “D” last year improved one letter grade.
“There is always a lot of anxiety around the release of school grades. I am thankful for the hard work of our students, teachers and school administrators. We should all be proud of their efforts,” said Superintendent of Schools Rocky Hanna.
For more information about school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/ .