- FDOE released school grades for the 2021-2022 academic year on Thursday
- Data showed that 469 Florida schools increased their grade in 2022, while 825 schools maintained an A grade and 348 schools maintained a B grade compared to 2019
- Low-performing schools also saw major improvements, with the number of schools receiving an F being significantly lower than expected
Florida schools are exceeding expectations for the 2021-2022 academic year, according to data from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).
The FDOE released school grades for the 2021-2022 academic year on Thursday, marking the first full school grade data release since 2019.
Among the many high marks, FDOE highlighted that 469 Florida schools increased their grade in 2022, while 825 schools maintained an A grade and 348 schools maintained a B grade compared to 2019. The report noted another fifty-three schools exited the School Improvement Support list in 2022.
FDOE also reported that 100% of schools that graded F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022, including one that earned a B and six that earned a C. Additionally, 84% of schools that graded D and F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022.
Overall, elementary schools had the largest increase in the percentage of schools increasing their grade with 20% (351) of elementary schools improving one or more letter grade.
In a press release, Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. applauded the students, parents, teachers and school leaders for their commitment to closing the achievement gap, and gave a special nod to Governor Ron DeSantis for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From Spring 2021 to Spring 2022, it’s clear that our teachers and school leaders used every resource at their disposal to lift Florida’s students well beyond expectations,” said Diaz. “We know that these results are thanks to policies that kept schools open and kept kids in the classroom, which has been widely recognized as critical to student achievement. Today we can celebrate these incredible results, while continuing to support the schools that are struggling. With Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida will continue to support our great teachers and implement world class instructional and educational supports to uplift Florida’s education family.”
FDOE also touted several other improvements achieved during the 2021-2022 school year. Of note, low-performing schools saw major improvements, with the number of schools receiving an F being significantly lower than expected.
Additionally, the data showed that the number of “D” or “F” schools had declined 65% since 2015 and the number of “F” schools had declined 85% (30 schools) since 2015 (205 schools).
“When I reflect on these school grades and the recent test results, the significant student growth, achievement gap closure and school-wide achievements validate Florida’s approach to get our schools open first and return to normalcy as quickly as possible,” said State Board of Education Chair Tom Grady. “The lesson to learn here is that the tools and supports we provide our teachers and high-quality instruction and curriculum matter and they make a difference in our schools.”
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