Report cards for Florida's elementary and middle schools came out today.
The Florida Department of Education released the 2013 school letter grades for elementary, middle and some combination schools this morning.
Martin County schools finished with six A's, eight B's and three C's. Indian River County schools received three A's, nine B's, seven C's and one D. St. Lucie County schools had three A's, six B's, 14 C's, seven D's and two F's.
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According to the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County went from having no F-rated schools last year to having two elementary schools, two charter schools and one alternative school getting that dreaded scarlet letter. Read more here: http://bit.ly/12Qq6EY
Based on preliminary grades, statewide, the number of "A" schools dropped from 48 percent to 29 percent while the number of "F" schools increased from 2 percent to 4 percent, according to the Florida Department of Education. Details of the school grades are available online at: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/
Eric Pfahler, Kelly Tyko, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, contributed to this report.
Thousands of elementary, middle and combination schools across the state will receive their grades today from the Florida Department of Education.
The grades are based primarily on how well students performed on the FCAT.
In 2012, 40% to 60% of those schools dropped from an A grade.
Fifteen middle schools were given F grades, an increase of 3% compared to 2011.
Educators fear the number of F grades could be higher this year even with the temporary safety net put in place by the board because of changes to the grading formula and higher testing standards.
The safety net is designed to prevent a school from dropping more than one letter grade.
Early simulated data shows that more than 100 schools could receive an F grade according to the Orlando Sentinel.
High school grades are expected to be released later this year or early next year.