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Florida's 2018 school grades released

Posted at 9:45 AM, Jun 28, 2018

The Florida Department of Education on Wednesday released grades for more than 3,000 schools across the state.

The state calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including:

  • student achievement 
  • learning gains on statewide standardized assessments
  • high school graduation rate 

How did area schools perform?

* Palm Beach County 2018: Grade A   
* Martin County 2018: Grade A 
* St. Lucie County 2018: Grade B
* Indian River County 2018: Grade B
* Okeechobee County 2018: Grade

"Our District's A rating is due to the hard work and dedication of Palm Beach County's teachers, staff and students," said Palm Beach County Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy. "We also know that the support of our parents and community play a large role in our success, and we truly appreciate the involvement of our families and community partners in making us Florida's highest performing large school district." 

Nine schools in Palm Beach County improved to an "A" including: 

  • Crystal Lakes Elementary School  
  • Forest Hill Elementary School 
  • Greenacres Elementary School 
  • H.L. Johnson Elementary School 
  • New Horizons Elementary School 
  • Palm Beach Central High School 
  • Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School  
  • Pine Jog Elementary School 
  • Wellington Elementary School

* Link to School Grades (Excel) for each school in Florida 

* Link to District Grades (Excel) for each county in Florida


Statewide Highlights

  • Florida now has more than 1,000 “A” schools (1,027 schools) up from 987 in 2017 and 763 in 2016. The percentage of schools earning an "A" increased to 32 percent, up from 30 percent in 2016-17.
  • The percentage of schools earning an "A" or “B” grade increased to 58 percent compared to 56 percent last year.
  • A total of 1,408 schools maintained an "A" grade (793 schools) or increased their grade (615 schools) in 2017-18.
  • High schools had the largest increase in the percentage of schools improving their grade, with 26 percent (115 schools) moving up one or more letter grade.
  • The number of “F” schools decreased by 23 percent (10 schools), from 43 schools in 2016-17 to 33 schools in 2017-18.

Low-Performing Schools

  • Ninety-six percent of schools graded “F” in 2016-17 improved their grade in 2017-18 by one or more letter grade (23 of 24 schools).
  • Sixty-eight percent of schools that earned a “D” or “F” grade in 2016-17 improved by at least one letter grade in 2017-18 (159 schools).
  • Sixty-two percent of schools in the second or third year of implementing their turnaround plan improved their letter grade (23 schools).