The Florida Department of Education released the preliminary school grades for the 2016-17 school year today and Lee County is celebrating many successes.
According to the results, 52% of Lee County public schools earned an “A” or “B” grade, increasing from 46% last year and compared to the statewide average of 57%. While the District maintained its “B” grade for a third year in a row, it increased its overall percentage of total points possible from 54 to 57. This 3% increase moves the District closer to its goal of an “A” grade
This year no Lee County schools received an “F” grade, and nearly 30% of schools in Lee County improved their grades. James Stephens International Academy raised its grade from an “F” to a “B” in one year, Bayshore Elementary went from a “C” to an “A” as did Caloosa Elementary School. Twenty-seven District schools increased their letter grade, 57 maintained, and 10 dropped.
According to the District’s calculations, this moves Lee County from 35th in the state overall, to 30th.
I am proud of the hard work of our teachers, administrators and district staff over the last year. While we know our schools are much more than a grade, this data shows we are moving in the right direction,” praised Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “Through Vision 2020, we have created tools for each of our schools that enables them to meet the individual needs of our students. We are constantly implementing ways to improve and will continue to personalize education so we give our students, parents and community what they deserve, a world-class school system.”