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Sarasota County School District earns A grade again

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SARASOTA COUNTY, June 26, 2017 – The Sarasota County School District has earned another A grade for 2016-17 and is one of only two of the state’s 67 districts to have earned an A every year since grading began in 2004.

School and district grades were released today by the Florida Department of Education.

“Credit for this outstanding accomplishment is due to the hard work of our students, teachers and school leaders, and we also greatly appreciate the support of families and school support staff,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools.

The district is graded on 11 different criteria, including test scores in language arts, math, science and social studies, the graduation rate and the number of students in middle and high school that take accelerated and advanced course work. Those areas have been a focus, particularly on the success and learning gains of the students who score in the lowest 25 percent of the test results.

“Though we are proud of retaining an A grade, we know that we have more work ahead to maintain the excellence within Sarasota County,” said Bowden. “Our goals will continue to focus on three main initiatives of maintaining excellence, helping our lowest-performing students, and preparing every student for college and careers. We are working hard this summer to put plans in place to make sure next year is even more prosperous for our students because earning a high grade is only important if it reflects real continued progress for every student, every day.”

Notable highlights from the school grades report include:

  • In Sarasota, 42 schools maintained an A or B rating.
  • Alta Vista Elementary School, a Title 1 school, rose from a C to an A as did Sky Academy, a charter school.
  • Sarasota County had seven C-rated schools, one D-rated school and no F-rated schools. 
  • Ten Sarasota schools increased their rating from a B to an A school or a C to a B. 
  • Two Sarasota schools decreased from an A to a B rating, two decreased from a B to a C and one decreased from a C to a D.

Additionally this year, the district’s FSA scores were well above state averages at all grade levels, and the percentage of students who were proficient in English Language Arts and math increased at nearly all grade levels.

For more information, including all school and district grades statewide for 2016-17, visit

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