School grades show improvement

Florida Schools Improved Their School
Grade during the 2015-2016 School Year

BELLE GLADE — On July 8, the Florida Department of
Education (FDOE) released the 2015-2016
district and school grades, and the number of
schools earning an “F” dropped by approximately
50 percent from 204 in 2014-2015 to
103 in 2015-2016.

Additionally, 58 percent of schools that
earned a “D” or “F” in 2014-2015 improved
by at least one letter grade in 2015-2016.
Overall, a total of 1,137 schools maintained
an “A” grade or increased their grade in
2015-2016.

Many of the Glades area schools made
improvements.

• Pahokee Elementary School improved
from a D grade in 2015 to a C.

• Lake Shore Middle School improved
from an F in 2015 to a C in 2016.

• Gove Elementary School’s grade remained
a D, the same grade as the previous
school year,

• Glade View improved from a D in 2015
to a C in 2016.

• Rosenwald Elementary School improved
from a D to a B.

• Pahokee Middle-Senior High received
a C in 2016, the same grade as the previous
year.

• K.E. Cunningham Elementary School
in Canal Point made great gains, going from
an F school in 2015 to a C school in 2016.

• Glades Central High School High
School received a C in 2015 and also a C
in 2016.

• Pioneer Park Elementary School improved
from a D in 2015 to a C in 201.

• Belle Glade Elementary School improved
from an F school to a C school.

• Glades Academy has a preliminary F
grade for 2016. The 2015 baseline grade was
not listed on the DOE report.

• Belle Glade Excel Charter School received
an F in 2015 and an F in 2016.

“Even as we have continued to raise the
bar for student performance and implemented
more rigorous standards by which schools
are graded, Florida’s educators and students
have continued to excel,” said Commissioner
of Education Pam Stewart. “It is clear that
our focus on Florida’s most struggling students
is paying off, especially in our ‘D’ and
‘F’ schools, 58 percent of which increased
their grade in 2016. The great benefi t of our
state’s accountability system is that it constantly
shines a light on areas that need improvement.

I applaud the schools which improved,
and I encourage all schools to pursue
excellence persistently.”

In Palm Beach County, there are 62
schools graded “A” in 2016 and 48 schools
graded “B”. In 2016, 56% of schools are
graded “A” or “B”. In 2016, 18 schools improved
their grade from a “D” to a “C” or
higher (one from a “D” to a “B” and 17 from
a “D” to a “C”). In 2016, there are 12 fewer
schools graded “F” than in 2015, dropping
from 18 “F” grades in 2015 to six “F” grades
in 2016. In 2016, fi ve schools improved their
grade from an “F” to a “C”.

“Our students, teachers, principals, parents
and staff are the foundation of our success
as a District,” said Palm Beach County
Superintendent Robert Avossa, Ed.D. “I’m
particularly impressed by the hard work
put in by the students and teachers at our
schools, which resulted in substantial improvement
this year – we are all celebrating
your accomplishments.”

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