TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The number of Florida high schools getting an 'A' grade for 2012 rose to 231, up from 148 last year, according to the Florida Department of Education.
Florida's Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart is attributing this success to "higher standards and temporary safeguards the State Board of Education approved."
"As we continue toward implementing Common Core State Standards and assessments, we will continue to raise the bar as we prepare our students for success beyond high school," Stewart said in a release from the FDE.
An increase in the number of 'A ' high schools means more money for schools from recognition funds, according to the FDE.
Schools that have sustained high student performance or have shown substantial student performance improvement are rewarded with part of a Legislature-approved $134,582,877.
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PALM BEACH COUNTY (Reported by: Karen Yi, Sun Sentinel)
In Palm Beach County, 14 high schools received A's compared to 8 schools last year. Only one school, Leadership Academy in West Palm Beach, received an F versus none in 2011.
Most of the 30 high schools improved or maintained the same grades as last year with only four dropping their scores.
No high school earned D's, 7 got C's and 7 received B's.
TREASURE COAST: Reported by: Kelly Tyko Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
Indian River and Martin County high schools posted perfect report cards and St. Lucie County public schools saw large improvements over last year, with two A's, one B and three C's.
The state released high school grades Friday morning.
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 July.
According to the Department of Education , the number of Florida high schools and combination high schools getting an A grade for 2012 rose to 231, up from 148 last year.
In a news release, officials said "while the results are encouraging given the move to more rigorous standards, they include measures approved by the State Board of Education to ease the transition for the 2011-12 school year."
Indian River County's two traditional high schools — Vero Beach High School and Sebastian River High School — each earned an A and so did Indian River Charter High School , which is also a public high school. For their 2011 school grades, which were released in January 2012, all Indian River high schools received B's though all had enough points to earn A grades.
The state can lower a school's grade if the school hasn't met all the criteria.
The same situation happened in Martin County.
Except for the Clark Advanced Learning Center, a charter school located at Indian River State College's Chastain Campus in Stuart, which earned an A in 2011, the county's three traditional high schools — Jensen Beach High, Martin County High and South Fork High — got B's in 2011. All Martin County high schools received A's from the state Friday.
In St. Lucie, three St. Lucie high schools improved their letter grade and St. Lucie West Centennial High School earned its first A grade, up from a B last year.
Fort Pierce Westwood and Port St. Lucie high schools saw their grades improve from a D to a C.
Lincoln Park Academy maintained its A grade and Treasure Coast High maintained its B.
Fort Pierce Central High received a C, but according to a news release St. Lucie school officials plan to appeal the grade because "initial review suggests that all pertinent data has not been considered." Last year, Central earned a B and had enough points to be an A school but was penalized by the state.
"These improvements reflect the hard work of students, teachers, administrators and parents to focus on the core subjects in secondary instruction," St. Lucie Schools Superintendent Michael Lannon said in the release. "We are so proud of how our teachers and students have responded to the challenge of increased rigor in the state measures."