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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today the Florida Department of Education released their elementary and middle school grades for 2012.
Duval County was the only district to increase their number of "A" schools and decrease their "F" schools.
"A decrease in school grades was expected because of the increased rigor," Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said. "While we have seen some reductions, they are not as drastic as we anticipated. I commend our teachers and principals for their hard work in preparing our students for the most rigorous expectations in the country."
This year was the first year that students with disabilities and students who are just learning English were factored into the school grades.
The Florida Department of Education has started implementing more stringent testing standards in an effort to better prepare Florida students for college and the workforce. The new tests will measure students' ability to become more proficient in reading and math.
Duval County saw 115 schools out of their 142 earn excellent, good or satisfactory grades. Twenty-seven schools received a "D" or "F" rating. The 21 Duval County high schools are still awaiting their grade.
In all, 18 schools went up one letter grade. Ten schools went up two letter grades. Two schools raised their letter grade by three.
Fifty-nine schools maintained their grade.
Highlands Elementary improved from an "F" school for a "B" school and Cedar Hills Elementary raised their grade to an "A" from a "D."
Fishweir Elementary, Arlington, Carter G. Woodson and Spring Park elementary schools raised their grades from "C's" to "A's."
North Shore K-8 and George Washington Carver elementary schools increased their school grades from "D's" to "B's."
Brentwood, John Love and KIPP raised their school grades from "F's" to "C's."
River Science Academy raised its grade from a "C" to an "A."
School grades are based on the following items:
- Student proficiency in FCAT Reading, Math, Science and Writing, including students with disabilities and English language learners;
- The percentage of students making one-year gains in reading and math; and
- The percentage of the lowest performing students making one year gains in reading and math.
High schools face additional scoring criteria:
- The percentage of students who participate in college level courses (AP, IB, AICE and Dual Enrollment);
- The percentage of students who successfully complete college level courses;
- Overall graduation rates and at-risk students' graduation rates; and
- College readiness in reading and math.
First Coast News