MANATEE -- Sixteen Manatee County schools improved in their 2011 school grades released this morning by the Department of Education.
Those that improved included Abel, Ballard, Bashaw, Bayshore, Blackburn, Miller, Orange Ridge-Bullock, Palma Sola, Prine, Samoset and Sea Breeze elementary schools. Sugg Middle school was the only middle school to improve its grade.
About 25 schools had their grades stay the same including Freedom Elementary, Gullett, Kinnan, Manatee, McNeal, Oneco Stewart, and Witt elementary schools. All of the middle schools but two kept their same grade from 2010.
And seven schools’ grades went down a letter-grade including Moody, Myakka, Palm View, Daughtrey and Braden River elementary schools.
The three worst grades from the school district came from Daughtrey Elementary School, Manatee School of Arts and Science and Rogers Garden Elementary School. Manatee School of Arts and Science received a D. Daughtrey Elementary went down from a C to a D. Rogers Garden Elementary School received an F for the second consecutive year.
State Education Commissioner John Winn announced this morning that grades throughout the state have essentially stayed the same even though the grading standards increased during the school year. Of Florida’s 2,547 graded elementary and middle schools earning “As” through “Fs” grades this year:
1,481 earned an “A” (58 percent), an increase of 82 schools compared to last year.
458 earned a “B” (18 percent), a decrease of 33 schools compared to last year.
460 earned a “C” (18 percent), a decrease of 35 schools compared to last year.
117 earned a “D” (5 percent), an increase of 16 schools compared to last year.
31 earned an “F” (1 percent), a decrease of 13 schools compared to last year.
Winn said, “Our teachers, principals and school district leaders deserve tremendous credit this year for answering the call of higher standards with resounding success. Over the last decade we have continued to raise the achievement bar to ensure our students are learning the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy, and every time that bar has been raised our schools have redoubled their efforts to the direct benefit of children.”
High school grades will not be released until later this year after graduation rates and advanced placement scores are announced.
According to the school district, of the 52 Manatee schools to receive grades today, 49 Manatee district schools received an A, B or C grade. That amounts to 94 percent of Manatee District schools receiving an A, B or C compared to 88% in 2010; an improvement of 6 percentage points, the district said.