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.
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