MILTON — The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has released its annual grades for public K-12 schools in Santa Rosa County with most schools showing improvements.

One school declined a grade level, one stayed the same, while the remaining schools showed improvements compared to the previous year. The result is two schools in Santa Rosa County are at the "C" level the rest graded at the "A" and "B" levels.

A total of 12 schools improved their school grades from last year. Those schools were:

Central High School from a "C" to a "B" Berryhill Elementary School from a "B" to an "A" Bagdad Elementary School from a "C" to a "B" Chumuckula Elementary School from a "B" to an "A" East Milton Elementary School from a "C" to a "B" Pace High School from a "B" to an "A" W. H. Rhodes Elementary School from a "C" to a "B" Pea Ridge Elementary School from a "C" to a "B" Avalon Middle School from a "B" to an "A" S.S. Dixon Intermediate School from a "B" to an "A" Navarre High School from a "B" to an "A" Woodlawn Beach Middle School from a "B" to an "A" Hobbs Middle School went from a "B" to a "C" grade and Martin Luther King Middle School stayed at a "C" level.

A total of 27 public schools operate in Santa Rosa County. The remaining 13 public schools in the area were graded as "A" or "B" schools.

According to the FLDOE.com, the grades are given every year to all public schools in the state and are based on the results of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) tests.

The FSA test is tied to Florida's Common Core-based standards, which outline what students should know at the end of each grade according to the website.

On Jan. 31, Gov. Rick DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32 outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core-based standards and paving the way for Florida students to receive better education and prepare them for jobs in the future.

DeSantis' order directed Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to comprehensively review the academic standards for Florida’s kindergarten through grade 12 and provide recommended revisions to the governor. DeSantis wants to get back to teaching reading, writing, science and arithmetic instead of Common Core-based standards.

For more information go to www.fldoe.org/.