State releases individual high school grades

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

The grades are in for Florida’s public high schools. the state released the grades today, almost six months late because of a new grading method. This is the first year the grades were not based solely on FCAT scores.

Florida's high schools posted their best school grades ever in 2010, with 71 percent earning an “A” or “B”.

But it's also the first year the state has used a new grading criteria, that includes more than just FCAT scores.

In 2008, the Florida legislature changed the formula to determine school grades. 50% is FCAT scores, 50% is graduation rates, student participation, and other tests like AP, ACT and SAT.

"High school principals and superintendents across the state have been asking for years for the state to include the other things they do because now you have a more reflective picture of how successful our schools are," said Superintendent of Bay District Schools, Bill Husfelt.

In northwest Florida, several struggling or mid-performing schools jumped up a grade, including Bay County which earned all B's, up from some D's and C's last year.

The biggest improvements seem to be at Bay High School in Panama City and Liberty County High School. Both schools pulled their grades up from "D’s" to "B's".

Eight high schools in our viewing area earned A's. Five of Okaloosa County's eight high schools are "A" schools. Two of Walton County's four high schools received “A’'s". And Graceville High School in Jackson County earned an "A".

But not all area school's soared. Walton High School dropped from a "B" to a "D" school this year. Blountstown High School received a "D" for the second year in a row.

So what do these grades mean for the individual schools?

"I equate it to like a student coming home after a test. You know, you know what you've studied. You know what the learning targets are. You get a grade that's supposed to communicate how well you've learned that material. On a big scale, that's what this is all about. The state says we have to report how well we are attaining the learning targets they've set aside for us," said Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability for Bay District Schools, Jan Chapman.

Area High School Grades

Bay County:
Bay High School- B
Rutherford High School- B
Mosley High School- B
Dean Bozeman High School- B
J.R. Arnold High School- B

Calhoun County:
Blountstown High School- D
Altha Public School- B

Franklin County:
Franklin County School- B

Gulf County:
Port St. Joe High School- B
Wewahitchka High School- B

Holmes County:
Poplar Springs High School- B
Bethlehem High School- C
Ponce De Leon High School- C
Holmes County High School- C

Jackson County:
Marianna High School- B
Malone High School- C
Sneads High School- C
Cottondale High School- B
Graceville High School- A

Liberty County:
Liberty County High School- B

Okaloosa County:
Baker School- A
Laurel Hill School- A
Niceville Senior High School- A
Choctawhatchee Senior High School- A
Crestview High School- B
Fort Walton Beach High School- B
Emerald Coast Career Institute- F
Collegiate High School- A

Walton County:
Paxton School- A
Freeport Senior High School- C
South Walton High School- A
Walton High School- D

Washington County:
Chipley High School- B
Vernon High School- C


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