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Hillsborough, Citrus school districts get A's

Published June 23, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - The Hillsborough and Citrus school districts earned A grades from the state Thursday, while the Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando districts received B's.

In all, more than a third of Florida's 67 school districts earned A's, and none received a D or F.

The grades are the latest in a series of impressive report cards the state has issued for public schools and their students, based mainly on results from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Hillsborough officials were pleased with their improvement from last year's B. "We're thrilled to get more good news about our students' academic performance," said superintendent MaryEllen Elia. "It's a reflection of all the hard work by everyone."

Pinellas schools spokesman Ron Stone said the district pays more attention to how each child performs on the FCAT.

"We have always focused more on individual student performance and whether children are making learning gains from one year to the next," he said. "As far as the how the district did overall, I don't think that's significant to us."

Statewide, 24 districts, or 36 percent, got A's, compared with 15 last year. Districts getting B's increased from 27 to 29. Those getting C's dropped from 22 to 14.

Other recent indicators haven't been as positive. The state's public high school graduation rate was 46th-worst among the nation's 50 states in 2002-03, said a report released by Education Week. Another report said just 28 percent of Florida schools made adequate progress under the No Child Left Behind Act.

[Last modified June 23, 2006, 06:24:03]

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