School grades released: Duval County is a B district once again

In 2018-2019, Duval County was just four points from earning an A grade districtwide.

7/11/2019

For the last 20 years, Florida has graded its public schools on an A-F scale based on student test scores and other metrics. 

This grading system provides transparency to parents and guardians about how their children’s schools are performing. School grades are also used for accountability by the state - struggling schools face consequences if they receive low grades year over year, and high-performing schools receive benefits. 

Today, the Florida Department of Education released 2018-19 school grades for the 172 schools in Duval County, including traditional public schools and charter schools. This year, there were more A schools and fewer C schools in the district, while the number of D and F schools held steady. 

 

Grade

2019

2018

Change

A

54

42

+12

B

41

44

-3

C

54

63

-9

D

21

20

+1

F

2

3

-1

The school district as a whole also receives a grade, based on the performance of all the tested students and graduation rate. Overall, the Duval County school district received another B, but inched even closer to an A. Duval ranked fourth among the Big Seven school districts in Florida.

County

Points Earned out of 1100

Percent of Points Earned

2019 District Grade

MIAMI-DADE

698

63

A

PALM BEACH

697

63

A

ORANGE

677

62

A

DUVAL

673

61

B

BROWARD

671

61

B

PINELLAS

659

60

B

HILLSBOROUGH

656

60

B

 

Here are some highlights of today’s release of school grades.

Across the district, 42 schools improved their school grade, with 17 schools improving to an A from last year and six schools improving by at least two letter grades. Here is the list of schools that jumped two or more letter grades:

 

  • Ortega Elementary, C → A

  • Venetia Elementary, C → A

  • Hyde Park Elementary, F → C

  • St. Claire Evans Academy, D → B

  • San Jose Preparatory School, C → A

  • Somerset Preparatory School, F → B

 

While there is much to celebrate about this year’s progress, there were also signs that many schools are still struggling: 26 schools slipped at least one letter grade from the previous year, including 15 schools that fell to a D or an F. (To help support Title 1 elementary schools, JPEF is launching a new School Leadership Initiative in partnership with Duval County Public Schools to invest in solutions at the school level.)

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