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School Grades Improve In Florida With Several First Coast Counties Receiving A's

Cyd Hoskinson
Duval County Public Schools headquarters

Florida education officials on Thursday touted the state’s annual school report card as a “monumental improvement,” with public schools earning more A and B grades and fewer C, D and F grades during the 2018-2019 school year.

Duval County Public Schools earned a B grade with the number of A schools rising in the district, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union. The Clay, St. Johns and Nassau school districts received A's. 

Statewide, the number of schools that received A grades increased from 1,043 during the 2017-2018 year to 1,172 in 2018-2019. State officials said 24 of Florida’s 67 school districts now have A grades, while none had D or F grades for the second year in a row.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the school grades statewide show Florida is on a “successful trajectory.” Each year, the Florida Department of Education calculates school grades by looking at 11 factors.

The factors include student performance on statewide standardized tests, high school graduation rates and student achievement and learning gains.

The grade scale is from A to F. “Education is the means by which we free children from the shackles of ignorance,” Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said in a prepared statement. “A community has the right to have key insights into its schools and school grades.”

State Board of Education Chairwoman Marva Johnson said in a statement that it is “unacceptable” for one student to spend time in a failing school, adding that school grades are important to ensure there is accountability in the education system.

The Times-Union has put together a database of the grades for First Coast area schools. You’ll find it in this story at