2017 Florida Department of Education school grades are now available

Florida Department of Education

Tallahassee, FL—The Florida Department of Education released its preliminary 2017 district and school grades on Wednesday. Within the reporting area of the Suncoast Standard, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter Counties, all four counties earned the same district grade as last year. Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter Counties maintained a B grade while Marion maintained a C grade.

Of the 19 Citrus County public schools, there were 1 A school, 14 B schools, and 4 C schools. Four schools earned lower grades while two schools improved. Citrus County was the only county in our reporting area that had more declining than improving schools. Also of note, all four declining schools this year were elementary schools. Approximately 10% of Citrus County schools improved.

Of the 25 Hernando County public schools, there were 5 A schools, 9 B schools, 10 C schools, and 1 D school. Seven schools improved its grade year-over-year while only one school declined. Moton Elementary School found itself on the ‘300 Lowest Performing Elementary Schools’ list provided by FDOE. 28% of Hernando County schools improved.

Of the 53 Marion County public schools, there were 5 A schools, 12 B schools, 29 C schools, 4 D schools, 2 F schools, and 1 incomplete, Francis Marion Military Academy. Francis Marion Military Academy was the only Incomplete grade given in all four counties. 21 schools improved its grade year-over-year while 5 schools declined.  East Marion, Oak Crest, Wyomina Park, Evergreen, and Greenway all made the ‘300 Lowest Performing Elementary Schools’ list. Overall, Marion County saw about 40% of its schools improve year-over-year, the highest of all four counties reported.

Of the 8 Sumter County public schools, there were 3 A schools, 3 B schools, and 2 C schools. Two schools improved its year-over-year grade while no schools declined. Sumter County was the only school district in our reporting area with no declining schools. 25% of Sumter County schools improved.

To discover a particular school’s accountability reports, which includes not only 2016 and 2017 but also breakdowns in specific areas of learning, please click the following link: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.

To contact the Citrus County Superintendent, Sam Himmel, call (352) 726-1931 or e-mail her at himmels@citrus.k12.fl.us.

To contact the Hernando County Superintendent, Lori Romano, PhD., call (352) 797-7000 or e-mail her at romano_l@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

To contact the Marion County Superintendent, Heidi Maier, Ed.D., call (352) 671-7702 or e-mail her at heidi.maier@marion.k12.fl.us.

To contact the Sumter County Superintendent, Richard A. Shirley, call (352) 793-2315, ext. 50208.

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Submitted by: Lou Newman, Publisher, June 29, 2017 at 3:25 AM

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