TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The number of "A" grade schools in Florida rose in the 2018-19 school year, according to the school and district grades released by the state Department of Education on Thursday.

The number of “A” schools increased to 1,172 campuses, compared to 1,043 in 2017-18. The percentage of schools earning an “A” increased to 36 percent, up from 31 percent in 2017-18.

In Hillsborough County, 68 public and charter schools earned "A" grades, while seven schools got an "F" and 27 got "D" grades. The district itself got a "B."

“We are honing in on the schools that are most in need,” Superintendent Jeff Eakins said. “I am proud of the work that has been done over the past year. I see strong progress and know that it’s all due to our school leaders, our teachers and our students. We will remain focused on those schools that have the greatest challenges.”

In Pinellas County, 40 public and charter schools earned an "A," while only one school got an "F" and five got a "D." The district itself got a "B."

“I am so proud of our continued progress over the last seven years," said Superintendent Michael Grego. "Our results in the 2018-19 school year demonstrate the greatest increases in student achievement, with the largest number of schools improving their school grade over the last decade."

In Pasco County, 29 public and charter schools got an "A," no schools got an "F," and two schools got a "D." The district got a "B."

In Polk County, 25 public and charter schools got an "A," no schools got an "F" and 21 schools got a "D." The district got a "B."

In Hernando County, five schools got an "A," while no schools got an "F" or a "D." The district got a "B."

In Highlands County, one school got an "A," and no schools got an "F" or a "D." The district got a "C."

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