The uplifting academic developments in the Manatee County school district continue with this week's upward movement in state rankings. Manatee rose three places in 2013-2014 district grades, earning the 37th spot among the 67 state districts.
And among eight similarly sized district across Florida, Manatee moved up one place to rank third, behind first-place and high achieving Sarasota as well as Collier.
Another factor in the Florida Department of Education scorecards bodes well for the future, too, putting Manatee within grasp of rising from a C to a B district. Manatee increased its grade point total by 22 points this year to 485, only 10 points shy of a B grade.
Along with stronger showings on FCAT scores, school grades and high recognition from FDOE Commissioner Pam Stewart for its progress, the Manatee school district is proving up to the task of improving academic achievement and its state rank.
We'll echo what Superintendent Rick Mills stated in announcing the district rank on Monday: "This is another exciting indication that we are heading in the right direction as a district and that the hard work of our students and teachers is paying off."
Moving forward, we'd like to see this momentum gain strength with even better marks next year.