State School Grades Improve, Hold Steady For Tampa Bay
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.