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State School Grades Improve, Hold Steady For Tampa Bay

Jun 28, 2017

The Florida Department of Education has released school grades for the 2016-17 school year.

Among the noteworthy results in Tampa Bay-- Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, the state's lowest performing school three years ago, earned a C grade. The school  got an F last year.

Overall, both the Pinellas and Hillsborough County School districts maintained their B grades from last year. However several schools in Hillsborough did not fare as well as the district overall. Potter Elementary School in East Tampa got an F for the fifth year in a row. 

Pasco and Manatee County Schools each went up a grade from a C to a B, and Polk County Schools earned a C, the same as last year.

The Sarasota County School District is one of only two of the state’s 67 districts to have earned an A  every year since grading began in 2004.

The state's grading system uses 11 criteria, including learning gains and proficiency levels.