Nearly Half of Florida High Schools Given an A Grade

Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

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

Mosley and Bay High made A's, Arnold and Rutherford made B's, and Deane Bozeman made a C.

The grades are based on completion numbers, grades and participation.

Administrators and teachers say they're happy with the overall performance.

"The first part obviously is the ,the FCAT, the assessments ,the end of course exams.Then it's everything else they do and what we have learned is that everything else we do is just as important as the FCAT," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt.

"I know how hard my staff and my students work every day and just to see it pay off in public recognition. I mean we,we know and my job is to motivate them," said Mosley principal Sandy Harrison.

"It makes me feel good. To know that the fruit of our labor has been rewarded and the state recognizes this. It's just a great day," said Coy Pilson, Rutherford High Principal.

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.

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