Last week, 549 Florida schools earned a letter grade higher they they would have based on the state formula alone thanks to a State Board of Education-approved “safety net.”
That’s because no school grade could drop by more than one letter grade this year. School superintendents asked for the protection because more than 30 factor in the formula have changed the past two years.
Early district projects showed a significant decline in school grades. Even after the change, school grades still declined significantly.
So which district benefited the most from the safety net?
Statewide 17.2 percent of schools avoided a larger drop. Most of the state’s large districts — Orange, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Hillsborough — bested that average.
Small rural and midsized districts — Citrus, Charlotte and Lake, for instance — had the highest percentage of safety net schools (though low numbers of schools in some districts mean a large percentage of schools qualified.)
Check out our sortable table below, and a chart of safety net schools by grade.