On July 7, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that the School District of Palm Beach County maintained its “A” rating for the 2021-2022 school year. Among Florida’s seven large school districts, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are the only two that earned a letter grade of “A.” Palm Beach County also outperformed all neighboring districts, including Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee.
“I am incredibly proud of our students, teachers, school administrators, and support staff for persevering through conditions that were unimaginable just a few years ago, to earn this coveted “A” rating,” Superintendent Mike Burke said. “While there is plenty of work that remains to be done, earning this “A” rating, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, is an impressive accomplishment that instills confidence in our ability to educate, affirm, and inspire each student in an equity-embedded school system.”
Eighty-five percent of high schools were rated “A” or “B”, an increase of 17 percentage points from FY19. For the 2021-2022 school year, there are no F-rated, District-operated schools. While the great majority of schools received their letter grade, seven District-operated schools are still listed by the State as “I” for incomplete.
There are several reasons for being listed by the State as incomplete including a participation rate below 95%, student exams that may still be unaccounted for, or other unresolved matters. The District is currently working with the State to determine the cause in each case.
A comprehensive Executive Summary is available for review.