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High School Grade Report Shows Increase In "A" Schools; Leon Scores Are In

The Florida Department of Education has released its annual high school grade report and the number of school’s earning A’s has increased. 

The Board of Education adopted a rule keeping high school grades from falling more than a letter after districts complained about all of the changes to the grading formula. Seventy-eight percent of Florida High schools received A’s and B’s. The number of "A" school’s increased, and the number of D’s and F schools fell. Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she’s pleased with the report:

“I think our results this year are very good. We’re very pleased with them. It shows the hard work our students, teachers and administrators have done," she said.

This was the first year students with disabilities were included in the report card. Schools that only serve disabled students had a choice between receiving a letter grade or a status report—like improving, maintaining or declining.

“There are 72 of the ESE schools that elected to receive a school improvement rating of either declining, maintaining or improving. And there were 27 that elected to receive a standard A-through-F grade. Sixteen were too small to receive a grade. Ten received an F and one received a D,”   said Stewart.

Most of ESE, or exceptional student education centers, that chose  school improvement ratings were ranked either maintaining or improving. The state began evaluating students with disabilities as part of a waiver to federal  “No Child Left Behind” education law.  

Here's How Leon County Combination, ESE and High Schools Fared:

Florida A&M University's Lab School = D

Florida State University's Lab School =A

Leon High School= A

Rickards High School=C

Godby High School=B

Sail High School=A

Lincoln High School=A

Chiles High School=A

Gretchen Everhart=Improving

PACE Academy=Improving

Ghazvini Learning Center= Improving

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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