Today, the Florida Department of Education released A-F grades for the state’s elementary, middle and high schools, which show an increase in the percent of schools earning an A this year.

All but one school earning an F last year improved their letter grade, reflecting Florida’s improved statewide assessment results and the state’s stronger focus on college and career-ready courses.

Data from the Nation’s Report Card on student achievement back this up, with the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress showing that Florida made more improvement than any other state in the nation.

“School grading provides parents with easy-to-understand information on how their child’s school is performing and has led to nearly two decades of increased student achievement across the state,” said Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future Patricia Levesque.

“Today’s positive report of 2018 school grades underscore the core belief that a strong accountability system focuses support for student learning, giving students a quality education that prepares them for lifelong success.”

Highlights of the school grades release include:

  • 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).
  • The number of schools earning an A increased to 32 percent (1,027 schools) from 30 percent (987 schools) the previous school year.
  • Sixty-two percent of schools in the second or third year of implementing their turnaround plan improved their letter grade (23 schools).

To learn more about A-F school grading policy, click here. For more information about Florida’s school grades, click here.