Florida releases grades for schools around the state

8 in Palm Beach, Treasure Coast get F grades
Posted at 12:16 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 17:52:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is releasing the second round of school grades linked to the high-stakes test that is based primarily on Common Core standards.

The Florida Department of Education on Friday issued the gradesfor 3,211 schools across the state.

The preliminary grades given out show that 741 schools received A grades and 749 schools received a B. A total of 103 schools earned an F grade while 372 schools were given a D. The remaining 1,246 schools got a C grade.

The overall number of A grades has declined, but the number of F grades went down as well.

Eight schools across the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast are rated "F" by the state.

In Palm Beach County the schools getting a preliminary "F" are Washington Elementary Magnet, Grove Park Elementary, Lakeside Academy, Belle Glade Excel Charter School and Learning Path Academy.

In a statement, Dr. Robert Avossa didn't comment about the district's failing schools. He sent this statement.

"Our students, teachers, principals, parents and staff are the foundation of our success as a District,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa, Ed.D. “I’m particularly impressed by the hard work put in by the students and teachers at our schools, which resulted in substantial improvement this year – we are all celebrating your accomplishments today.”  

We spoke with Betty Wilkerson, whose 11-year-old son just graduated from Washington Elementary Magnet in in Riviera Beach. "

"Excellent teachers, the staff is excellent all the way down to the kitchen staff," said Betty. "I don't understand it at all. We have meetings, we have pep rallies at test time, they do tutoring."

Eight Palm Beach County schools showed improvement by at least two letter grades.

In St. Lucie County, St. Lucie Elementary School and Chester A. Moore Elementary School received failing grades.

Vero Beach Elementary School is the only school in Indian River County to get an F. No schools in Martin or Okeechobee counties received an "F".

This is the second set of grades that are based on the Florida Standards Assessment, but this is the first time that education officials have incorporated student learning gains into the calculation.

Individual schools can appeal their rating to the Florida Department of Education