School Grades are
year by the Florida Department of Education. A letter grade is assigned by the
Department to the state's public
schools. This grade is based on an A to F scale and are designed to help the state recognize the schools' weaknesses
and to chart their performance.
The current reporting system includeds the use of annual learning
gains. This method bases a portion of the school's grade on
the measurement of each student's progress form one year to the next
through annual learning gains. Another way a school can increase its
grade is by the proportion of students that achieve high scored on the
This combined scoring method benefits schools at both ends of the
spectrum, allowing them all to work towards achieving a higher grade.
Previous methods were based mostly on percentage increase increase from
one year to the next, making it difficult for top level schools to achieve
an A grade.