Sarasota County, Florida -- School grades for elementary and middle schools released today by the Florida Department of Education showed that 90 percent of the Sarasota County School District elementary and middle schools graded received an A or B for the 2012-13 school year.
The percentage includes traditional and charter schools.
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Educators had predicted that school grades would decline this year compared to last year because the performance required by both students and schools to achieve the same grade have increased substantially. State education officials have said the decline is a necessary part of a transition plan to raise expectations for achievement and better prepare students for work and college.
Twenty-one of the 39 Sarasota County Schools graded received an A for the 2012-2013 school year, compared to 34 last year. Fourteen schools received a B and four schools received a C. The district had no D or F schools.
Statewide, the number of A schools declined from 48 percent in 2012 to 29 percent in 2013. In addition, the statewide number of C, D and F schools increased substantially. With 54 percent of its schools receiving an A, Sarasota County had nearly twice as many A schools as the state average.
School grades for most high schools and combination schools that have a ninth grade will not be released until a new high school accountability component is calculated. Fifty percent of a high school grade for 2012-2013 will be based on FCAT performance and 50 percent will be based on new components, including graduation rate, participation and performance in advanced courses, and college readiness.
High school grades are scheduled to be reported later this year.
FL DOE Database: Preliminary school grades for 2013