Broward, Palm Beach School Grades Decline, Hit D's and F's

School grades were released on Friday for elementary and middle schools in Broward and Palm Beach and -- whoa, nelly -- it doesn't look good.

The number of failing schools is up, while there's a serious decline in overall grades for both districts, with A-rated schools falling from 48 percent to 29 percent, and F schools going from 2 to 4 percent across Florida.


The Broward school district dropped from a B to an overall C grade this year, the first time that's happened since 2008.

Meanwhile, 13 elementary and middle schools received F grades.

In 2012, only six schools received F's.

However, if there's a sliver of a speck of a silver lining in all of this, it's that members of the state Board of Education acknowledged last week that the grading system is flawed.

The compromise with this seems to be that it limited schools to a one-grade drop, even if it had deserved more.

The other problem is that the grades are based mainly on how well students did on the FCAT, which is a standardized test most parents (and teachers) would like to see abolished in Florida.

The good news is that Davie Elementary stood out as an improved school, going from a B last year to an A this year.

Ben Gamla charter school in Hollywood and Imagine Middle Charter school in Coral Springs also went from B's to A's.

High school grades are expected to be released later this year.

You can see the results of the school grades here.

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frankd4 topcommenter

YES we do have many UNderpaid teacher positions AS WELL AS a lot of stupid kids in P U B L I C schools which is WHY rich people send their children to P R I V A T E schools

sorry people but this isn't SCARSDALE = period

icculus17 topcommenter

no wonder they are scared of Common Core, the schools will be graded even lower when compared to the rest of the nation.  This is when bureaucrats start talking out of both sides, "our schools are good" "we need charter schools" "Common Core is too hard for our kids" "the writing test was scored too hard" etc etc etc

Elaine Segreto
Elaine Segreto

Indian Ridge Middle continues to be an A school, that's good news. Unfortunately however, with all the poor grades, I think there will be MORE of a focus on FCAT and that's NOT good news! FCAT has to go!

SethPlatt topcommenter

Rick Scott and the Republican controlled Florida Legislature also should get an F.

Register and Vote People.

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