Florida school grades far exceed expectations for 2022 academic year, state says

A total of 469 Florida schools increased their grade in 2022, data shows

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education released school grades for the 2021-2022 academic year on Thursday which shows that schools statewide exceeded expectations.

According to a release from FDOE, this is due to “policies that kept schools open and kept students in the classroom.”

The 2021-2022 school grades mark the first full school grade data release since 2019.

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“FDOE applauds the hard work of Florida’s students, parents, teachers and school leaders as their collective efforts to support student achievement resulted in school grades that defied conventional wisdom and established a foundation for further closing achievement gaps,” FDOE said in a release.

Here are some key highlights from the data released:

  • 53 schools exited the School Improvement Support list in 2022.
  • 100% of schools graded F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022, including one that earned a B and six that earned a C.
  • 84% of schools graded D and F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022.
  • Overall, elementary schools had the largest jump in the percentage of schools increasing their grade, with 20% of elementary schools (351) improving one or more letter grade.
  • 469 schools increased their grade in 2022, while 825 schools maintained an A grade and 348 schools maintained a B grade compared to 2019.

Data shows that low-performing schools made major improvements in the 2021-2022 academic school year:

  • The number of schools receiving an F was significantly lower than expected.
  • Assuming grades had been issued to all schools in 2019-2020, Florida saw a significant reduction in F schools (from 244 projected schools to 30 schools).
  • The number of “D” or “F” schools has declined 65% since 2015 and the number of “F” schools has declined 85% since 2015 (from 205 to 30 schools).

Here is a county-by-county look at our 2021-2022 district grades:

School Grading Scale: A: 62% of points or greater, B: 54% to 61% of points, C: 41% to 53% of points, D: 32% to 40% of points, F: 31% of points or less (Note: Only schools for which an opt-in request was submitted by the school district superintendent or charter school governing board have a letter grade assigned for the 2020-21 school year.)

2021-2022 Florida and Georgia district grades.

In our area, here are the county grades for the 2022 academic year: Alachua: B Baker: B Bradford: C Clay: A Columbia: B Duval: B Flagler: B Nassau: A Putnam: C St. Johns: A Union: B

Here is a breakdown of how each school was graded:

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