Number of Schools by Grade Earned
The Florida Department of Education released the preliminary school grades for the 2015-16 school year today. This year the state has used a new, more rigorous grading system for assessing Florida schools.
According to the results released by the Florida Department of Education, 47% of Lee County public schools earned an “A” or “B” grade compared to the statewide average of 46%.
The District maintained its “B” grade for the second year in a row while nearly half of the districts in Florida dropped a letter grade or more. Only three districts statewide achieved an “A” grade.
“The hard work of our students and staff is to be commended. I am especially pleased with the 8 schools that improved one or more letter grade,” said Dr. Greg Adkins, Superintendent of Schools.
Colonial Elementary School raised its grade from an “F” to a “B” in one year, and Bonita Springs Elementary School went from a “D” to an “A” in just two years. 46 District schools maintained their letter grades, while 40 dropped.
“The drop is not a surprise to us as Florida is using a new, more difficult grading system,” continued Dr. Adkins. “We are currently developing the School District of Lee County Standards for Excellence so our students can master essential skills required for 21st-century learners. In addition, we are moving forward with the deployment of Lead Principals who have a proven track record of success. They will work with all schools to improve student achievement. As I have said all along, our students and schools are more than just a grade.”