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Florida Department of Education releases 2018 school grades

By Staff | Jun 29, 2018

The Florida Department of Education released on June 28 the preliminary school grades for the 2017-18 school year.

According to the results, 52 percent of traditional Lee County public schools, not including charters, earned an “A” or “B.” The district maintained its “B” grade for a fifth year in a row.

“I am especially proud of the 16 schools that improved one or more letter grade,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Adkins said. “That is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our teachers, and the hard work of our students.”

Tice Elementary School raised its grade from a “D” to a “B” in one year, while Edison Park Elementary and Estero High School both went from a “C” to an “A.” This year, three of high schools earned “A” grades: Fort Myers High, North Fort Myers High and Estero High. Fifty district schools maintained their letter grades, while 14 dropped.

This year no school received an “F” grade and only one, East Lee County High School, received a “D” grade. Last year, the district had five “D” schools which put them in Differentiated Accountability status at the state level. DA schools are identified for escalating interventions, support and monitoring.

“In four years, we have taken this district from having 23 schools in DA status, down to one, and we are appealing that school’s grade. That is a remarkable feat for a district of our size and the diverse student population we have,” Adkins said. “We continue to move this district in the right direction with a laser focus on student achievement and helping our kids reach their highest personal potentials.”