Florida high school grades: Nearly half of Florida high schools given an 'A' grade

Nearly 1/2 of FL high schools get 'A'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year, including nearly three-quarters of Palm Beach County's high schools earning A or B grades.

LINK: Grades for every HS in Florida (Excel file)

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.

Florida released grades for the rest of its public schools over the summer amid a controversy over the accuracy of the grading formula.

The state has a safety net provision in place that prevents a school from dropping more than one letter grade a year.

The state grades its high schools based on student performance on tests, as well as graduation rates and other factors.

Palm Beach County Schools

• 71 percent of traditional high schools earned an A or B grade
• Three traditional high schools increased to an A grade
• Five traditional high schools earned total points for an A grade but were designated a "B" grade due to the At-Risk Graduation Rate Penalty

Boynton High received an A grade for the first time in school history, one of a dozen district or charter-run high schools in Palm Beach County that got A grades for the 2012-2013 school year, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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Treasure Coast Schools

By: Kelly Tyko, Colleen Wixon, Treasure Coast Newspapers

Martin County high schools posted a perfect report card Wednesday, while Indian River and St. Lucie had mixed results, according to the Florida Department of Education.

All Martin County high schools maintained their A grades, as did Indian River Charter High and St. Lucie's Lincoln Park Academy.

Fort Pierce Central High in St. Lucie County was the only Treasure Coast high school to improve its grade. The school earned its first A, up from last year's C.

One Treasure Coast school, Mosaic Digital Academy Virtual School, a new St. Lucie-based K-12 school also serving students in Martin and Okeechobee counties, received an F. This is the first grade Mosaic has received.

Fort Pierce Westwood High dropped from a C to a D. Indian River's two district high schools -- Vero Beach and Sebastian River -- and St. Lucie West Centennial all dropped to B's. Port St. Lucie High maintained its C grade, while Treasure Coast High maintained its B.

High schools are graded on students' performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and college-readiness tests, accelerated courses, graduation rates and dropout rates. Elementary and middle schools' school grades were released in late July.

High schools are graded on students' performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and college-readiness tests, accelerated courses, graduation rates and dropout rates. Elementary and middle schools' school grades were released in late July.

LINK: Grades for every HS in Florida (Excel file)

http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/xls/1213/HighSchoolGradesAllDistricts1213.xls

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