Bradenton, Florida -- The Florida Department of Education has released School Grades for elementary and middle schools across the state.
The school grades released today, reflect the following results for Manatee District elementary and middle schools (high school grades will be released at a later date):
- 10 schools received A grades
- 10 schools received B grades
- 12 schools received C grades
- 9 schools received D grades
- 8 schools received F grades
- 4 Manatee District schools received an incomplete score at this point.
The school grading system in Florida has been the subject of much controversy as 2013 marks the second-straight year state educational officials have altered the state's school grading system to address complaints from superintendents across Florida that grades would not accurately reflect student performance.
See also: Manatee FCAT 2.0 results released
On July 16, 2013, the state Board of Education voted to approve Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett's proposed "safety net" for schools by putting in place a provision that would prevent individual schools from dropping more than one letter grade in a year.
Johnson Middle School was a bright spot for the Manatee District this year, increasing its school grade from a C to a B even in the midst of higher standards.
"We had some highlights and lowlights, but we do have a plan in place that will help schools improve their scores next year," said Dr. Diana Greene, Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services. "Even though the state did put the so called 'safety net' in place, it also increased the standards for writing from a 3.0 to a 3.5 which impacted many of our schools' grades."
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