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Florida’s students, parents, teachers and school leaders defied the odds with their collective efforts to support student achievement. The 2021-2022 school grades mark the first full school grade data release since 2019 due to the lack of assessments in the 2019-2020 school year and the opt-in nature of the 2020-2021 school grades. Data shows Florida’s schools performed much better than expected due to policies that kept schools open and kept students in the classroom.

Key Highlights:

  • Fifty-three schools exited the School Improvement Support list in 2022.
  • 100% of schools graded F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022, including one that earned a B and six that earned a C.
  • 84% of schools graded D and F in 2019 improved their grades in 2022.
  • Overall, elementary schools had the largest increase in the percentage of schools increasing their grade with 20% (351) of elementary schools improving one or more letter grade.
  • 469 schools increased their grade in 2022, while 825 schools maintained an A grade and 348 schools maintained a B grade compared to 2019.

Low-Performing Schools See Major Improvements:

  • The number of schools receiving an F was significantly lower than expected.
  • Assuming grades had been issued to all schools in 2019-2020, Florida saw a significant reduction in F schools (from 244 projected schools to 30 schools).
  • The number of “D” or “F” schools has declined 65% since 2015 and the number of “F” schools has declined 85% (30 schools) since 2015 (205 schools).

Summary

  • Florida schools tested more than 90% of students in 2021-2022.
  • Florida’s most vulnerable students at our most fragile schools increased student performance.
    • Among the schools receiving state support in 2021-22, 70% (53 schools) improved their performance and exited state support.
    • Of the 25 schools implementing a State Board of Education-approved Turnaround plan, 80% (20 schools) exited Turnaround by earning a 2022 grade of C or higher.

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