More frequent and rigorous testing hasn't worsened the Manatee County School District's report card — in fact, the region scored its best grade in four years.
The Florida Department of Education released official school district grades today, and it marked Manatee County with a B rating for the first time since 2011, according to a news release.
For the three previous school years, the district received a C.
“We are now fully focused on this year’s accountability testing which begins in a few short weeks,” Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene said. “While we accept the grades released today, we are looking forward to the work that needs to be done to help all of our children succeed to their ultimate potential.”
Fourteen county schools earned A grades, eight earned B's, 10 earned C's, 10 earned D's and six schools earned F's on the grading scale.
East County school grades include:
A’s: Braden River Elementary, B.D. Gullett Elementary, Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary, Robert E. Willis Elementary, Gene Witt Elementary, Carlos E. Haile Middle, R. Dan Nolan Middle, Braden River High and Lakewood Ranch High.
B’s: Freedom Elementary, Tara Elementary and Braden River Middle
C’s: William H. Bashaw Elementary