The Florida Department of Education released 2013 elementary and middle school grades, part of the state’s school accountability system.
For more details on how the grades are calculated, check out the Florida Department of Education website. In general, the grades are a combination of the percentage of students scoring “satisfactory” or higher (those scores vary by test) on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests and the percentage of students whose FCAT scores improved from one year to the next.
The data includes each component of the school’s score and demographic data.
The department says the released data is still subject to revision and a school may appeal its grade. High school grades use a different formula and will be released later this year.
Scroll down to see how each school district performed.
What the columns mean:
- Total Points: This is the school’s score based on the state’s formula. Elementary schools are graded on an 800-point scale while middle schools are graded on a 900-point scale.
- “Safety Net” School: Did this school benefit from a one-year change to the school grading system preventing any school from dropping more than one letter grade? Supporters say the policy was needed because the state has made many changes to the school grading system the past few years. Critics say the policy sugarcoats grades for low-performing schools.
- Grades: These are the school’s grade for each of the last three years.
- Charter: Is the school a charter school or not? Charter schools are publicly funded but privately managed schools which are granted more flexibility and exempted from some state requirements.
- Free Or Reduced Lunch Rate: This is the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch under federal rules, a common proxy for poverty.
- Minority Rate: The percentage of minority students at the school.
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- StateImpact Florida’s coverage of the school grading formula
- StateImpact Florida coverage of non-high school grades
- Florida Department of Education explanation of school grading formula