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Nearly half of Fla. high schools given an A grade

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Updated: 12/18/2013 6:20 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Much like each student, each school gets a report card every year. And the grades are in.

"Now almost nearly 70 percent of our high schools are either A or B," said Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

This year, more schools than ever earned the top mark.

"We saw a number of schools reach A for the first time in their history," Vitti said.

Here are now the scores line up compared to 2012. Ten schools got an A this year, compared to eight last year. One fewer school received both a B and C grade. This year, one school got a D, compared to none the year before. And for two years in a row, no F's in Duval County.

"We went up 90 points this year, which is the highest of the school district," said Fletcher High School Principal Don Nelson.

It was particularly proud day for Duncan Fletcher High's principal -- the location Vitti chose to unveil the grades -- because the school had been a "B"consistently since 2009 and finally earned an "A" this year.

"It reflects a lot of hard work from a lot of people. From the students in the classroom, the teachers, administration, guidance," Nelson said. "I'm very proud of everyone's hard work and look forward to doing it again next year."

There was a hold harmless rule put into place this year -- meaning no school could drop more than one letter grade. Vitti said Ribault High was the only school that benefited from that.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- 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.

The schools in Duval County that received an A include: Kirby-Smith Elementary, Julia Landon College Prep, Lee High School, Fletcher Middle, Atlantic Beach Elementary, Hendricks Avenue Elementary, Paxon, San Pablo Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Stockton Elementary, Douglas Anderson, River City Science Academy, Somerset Academy Middle School, Duval Charter School, Seacoast Charter, J. Allen Axson Elementary School, Jacksonville Beach Elementary, Darnelle Cookman Middle/High School, New Berlin Elementary School, James Weldon Johnson College Prep, Stanton College Prep, Waterleaf Elementary, Bartram Springs Elementary, Fletcher High School, Seabreeze Elementary, Mayport Elementary School, Kernan Trail Elementary, Chimney Lakes Elementary, Arlington Heights Elementary, Neptune Beach Elementary, Finegan Elementary, Greenland Pines Elementary, Alimacani Elementary, Mandarin Oaks Elementary, Mandarin Middle and High schools, Chet's Creek Elementary, Lavilla School of the Arts, Atlantic Coast High School, Kernan Middle, and Frank Peterson Academies. 

In St. Johns County, school grades continue to be strong.  Out of the district's high schools that received a school grade, four received an "A," Bartram Trail, Creekside, Ponte Vedra, and Nease high schools. Two received a grade of "B," St. Augustine and Pedro Menendez high schools.

"These scores are incredible and I am very proud of all of our high schools for their efforts and determination to achieve these outstanding results," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. "Our success is attributed to the hard work of our students, teachers, dedicated parents and support staff as well as the exceptional leadership through our principals."

"We continue to support high expectations for all students and this is evident in the grades released today," he added. "All of our high schools earned well above the required points to receive an "A", but automatic triggers placed in sub populations of students caused these two schools to receive a "B" grade."

[School Grades by County]

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.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Hello there - 1/20/2014 11:31 AM
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Then why this? There does seem to be a disconnect. I teach at a state university and get students from "A" high schools that cannot divide and multiply fractions or do fraction to percentage conversions.

Realchange - 12/18/2013 7:35 PM
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Fact is there needs to be national level high school test established. Then let Duval county schools brag about a grade if their student score in the top 25 percent of the nation. A grade in what? How to change names for school and brag ? Don't forget they allowed bullies this year back to class because "they had to or else". "They want push for kids not have cell phones. Reason is because it might get them in trouble when a teacher or someone else is caught on camera doing something that they shouldn't." They seem to forget that cell phones help spread warnings fastest when there is terror attacks going on. Not that news reports about those kind positive things it's not allowed to go against the system. Yes cell phones can be abused while in school but that would be what detention is for etc etc.

Meta2002 - 12/18/2013 5:21 PM
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I am trying to figure out your math on your numbers for the schools, last year figures show 22 schools but for 2013 it is showing 23 schools that were graded. Where did the other school come from?

confederate - 12/18/2013 1:11 PM
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Since they changed the name of MY SCHOOL, Forrest, I expect it to change from a C school next year to A. After all, they said the name affected the students performance.

Gunny48 - 12/18/2013 12:40 PM
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Forrest HS changed its name so they get one too???
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