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Sarasota County school grades released

Sarasota, Florida -- Despite the higher standards of FCAT 2.0, 37 of the 39 Sarasota County traditional and charter elementary and middle schools, or 95 percent, received A or B grades for the 2011-12 school year, according to results released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education.

Letter grades for school districts are expected to be released Friday. High school grades will be announced later this year.

 “We are pleased with the school grades overall, particularly in light of the more rigorous standards and cut scores,” said Superintendent Lori White in a release. “Our dedicated teachers and administrators will continue to work hard to ensure that all our students continue to achieve at the highest possible levels on the FCAT and other performance measures.”  

Twenty of the district’s 23 traditional elementary schools received an A grade. Four elementary schools received higher grades than last year: Brentwood in Sarasota, Garden in Venice, Englewood Elementary, and Lamarque in North Port rose from a B to an A. Two elementary schools, Tuttle and Gocio in Sarasota, decreased from an A to a B.

Five of the seven traditional middle schools were rated as A schools. Booker Middle School dropped from a B to a C and Brookside Middle Schools decreased from an A to a B.

Five of the eight elementary and middle charter schools retained the same A grade as last year. Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, a charter school in Sarasota, decreased from an A to a B. Imagine School at Palmer Ranch in Sarasota rose to an A. The new SKY Academy charter school in Venice received an A.

School grades for most high schools and some schools that combine more than one level (such as middle and high school grade levels) are pending until the new high school accountability component is calculated. Fifty percent of the grade for schools in these categories will be based on the FCAT component and 50 percent will be based on new components, including graduation rate, participation and performance in advanced courses, and college readiness.

Release courtesy Sarasota County Schools.

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