More Florida elementary and middle schools earned an F rating this year, according to preliminary public school grades released Friday.
But the number of schools earning the state’s highest rating also increased this year.
“The increase in the number of schools earning an ‘A’ this year is great news for students and teachers who have worked hard for this success,” Commissioner Pam Stewart said in a statement. “I appreciate the work by the educators and families and students and know they will continue to improve in the future even as we transition to a new grading system.”
The is the final year schools will earn grades based in part on results from FCAT exams. Next year the state switches to the Florida Standards Assessment, which will test students on Florida’s Common Core-based standards.