New Florida school grades show improvement

See how Central Florida school districts did

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

More Florida schools are making the grade, according to the latest round of grades.

The Florida Department of Education on Wednesday issued grades for more than 3,000 schools across the state.

The number of "A" and "B" rated schools increased during the last school year, according to the numbers.

The preliminary grades given out show that 969 schools received A grades, and 865 schools received a B. A total of 43 schools earned an F grade, while 216 schools were given a D. The remaining schools got a C grade.

Florida schools saw a drop in the number of failing or "F" schools by more than half, down to 43 schools from 111 last year.

School grades are calculated annually based on student achievement, learning gains, standardized testing assessment and high school graduation rates.

This is the third set of grades that is largely determined by the Florida Standards Assessment, a high-stakes test that is based primarily on Common Core standards.

How did Central Florida school districts fare? Get details form each district here.

Only two Central Florida districts earned A's for last school year: Brevard and Seminole counties. Brevard, Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties all improved by one grade.

See the individual grades below:

Brevard County: A, compared to last year’s B. The county has received an A or B grade since 2010. The district also ranked No. 1 among the 14 largest districts for college and career acceleration.

Flagler County: B; last year the distinct also received a B grade.

Lake County: B, up from a C last year.

Marion County: C, last year the district also received a C grade.

Orange County: B for 2017; the district has received a B grade for the last four years.

Osceola County: B, up from a C in 2016.

Polk County: C; Polk County has received a C grade for the last six years, including 2017. Officials said it increased the number of A school from 19 to 24 within the district.

Seminole County: A, up one grade from last year.

Volusia County: B, for the last three years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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