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Here's the release we just received from the state:
TALLAHASSEE - Florida schools experienced their most successful year to date according to the 2009 school grades results released today. Driven by a significant increase in the number of "A" grades, more than three quarters of all public schools are considered to be high performing (receiving either an "A" or "B"). Statewide the number of schools earning an "F" grade decreased to the lowest point in three years.
Mirroring the state's performance, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties each increased their percentages of schools earning "A" grades this year. In addition, the Bay Area saw significant improvement in their struggling schools where three of their four lowest performing schools moved up at least one letter grade. Broward Elementary School shifted two letter grades ("F" to "C") and Sulphur Springs Elementary improved three letter grades ("F" to "B"). Each of these schools received intensive assistance from the local school district and the state as part of the state's Differentiated Accountability Program.
"I'm very proud of the students and faculty in the Tampa Bay Area," said Governor Charlie Crist. "Florida's teachers have shown an incredible devotion to their student's success and it shows. This year's school grades illustrate what national studies have already touted - Florida's students are excelling in the classroom and our education system is built to help their success continue."
"These are tremendous results for our schools and they wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our classroom teachers," said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. "These scores reflect that success is possible in every environment when we focus on academic achievement for all students."
Established in 2008, the Differentiated Accountability Program is designed to provide identified struggling schools with direct assistance in the areas of teaching, professional development and learning. Prior to Differentiated Accountability, school improvement models focused primarily on progress monitoring. Last week, Governor Crist signed legislation further expanding this successful school improvement program to include all public schools in the state.
Under Differentiated Accountability, the Department of Education established five regional directors with proven track records in turning around low-performing schools. Together with the local school district, these regional directors provide hands-on assistance to help schools achieve academically. Of the state's 39 schools receiving assistance through Differentiated Accountability this year, 16 schools improved at least one letter grade and 15 schools improved two or more letter grades with six schools jumping from an "F" grade to an "A."
Of Florida's 2,954 graded public schools earning "A" through "F" grades this year:
- 1,822 earned an "A" (62 percent), an increase of 237 schools compared to last year.
- 495 earned a "B" (17 percent), a decrease of 47 schools compared to last year.
- 420 earned a "C" (14 percent), a decrease of 145 schools compared to last year.
- 173 earned a "D" (6 percent), an increase of 18 schools compared to last year.
- 144 earned an "F" (1 percent), a decrease of 1 school compared to last year.
To view additional information about Florida's 2009 School Grades, click here.
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