EDUCATION
07/01/2011 03:00 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2011

Florida Schools Receive Grades, New Charter School Earns F

Despite higher writing standards in Florida's public elementary, middle and non-high-school combination schools this year, school performance remained similar to that of previous years.

The state's Department of Education announced yesterday that more than three-quarters of its 2,547 graded schools received high-performing scores -- a grade of either "A" or "B." Just under one-fifth of the schools earned a grade of "C," 5 percent earned a "D," and 1 percent -- 31 schools -- earned an "F."

In March, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the "Student Success Act" into law -- his first act as governor. The law, for the first time, correlated teachers' salary raises with how their students perform.

One of the lowest performing schools on the list this year was KIPP Impact Middle School, a college preparatory school part of the Knowledge is Power Program, a national network of open-enrollment schools in underprivileged communities. Kipp Impact opened just this year and received an F.

The middle school was also where Scott signed the Student Success Act.

Still, of note are two schools -- Cunningham Creek Elementary and Fleming Island Elementary -- that have earned As every year since the grading program's inception in 1999.