Hillsborough County Public Schools experienced an impressive increase in the number of schools earning A grades during the just-completed school year. This year, 63 elementary schools earned A grades, compared to 40 the previous year. Also, 20 middle schools earned A grades, compared to 14 the previous year. Both of the K-8 combination schools earned A grades.
Overall, with 85 A grades and 19 B grades, more than half of the elementary schools and middle schools earned an A or B grade.
“We know that our students and teachers have been working hard this year, and it’s great to finish the school year and get these kinds of results,’’ said Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “During this transitional time, it’s gratifying to see our students performing at such high levels. Our students, teachers, principals – and parents – should be very proud.”
The impressive showing by Hillsborough County students comes during the last year that Florida students took the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), the test that largely determines school grades. In the coming school year, students will take an entirely different test (the Florida State Assessment), based on the new Florida Standards.
The grades released on Friday include elementary and middle schools only. The high school grades include several other components that still must be factored in, such as the graduation rate. High school grades are expected to be released in the fall.
There were several highlights in the school grades this year:
· Bailey Elementary School improved three letter grades from D to A.
· Seminole Elementary School improved three letter grades from D to A.
· Several elementary schools improved two letter grades, from C to A.
· Both of the single-gender middle schools earned A grades for their work this past year. The Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy earned an A grade for the second year, after several years of C grades. The Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy improved to an A, after earning a B the previous year, and a D the year before that.
· Roland Park K-8 Magnet School improved to an A grade after earning a B the previous year and a C the year before.
The positive trend was reflected across the board, as the total number of schools earning a D or F decreased.
For a list of the school grades go to the Florida Department of Education website at http://www.fldoe.org/.