Florida High School Grades Rise Again in 2011

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida high schools have raised their
grades again.

State education officials announced Wednesday that 78 percent
received an A or B in 2011. That compares to 71 percent the
previous year.

Just six high schools got an F compared to 11 in 2010. High school grades were based entirely on scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test -- or FCAT -- until 2010. That's when other factors were added, including graduation rates and participation in advanced classes.

High school grades increased sharply under the new system in
2010. While that trend continued in 2011, it could end this year because the state has made it harder to pass the FCAT.

Schools that received an A or improve by a letter grade will receive cash awards of $70 per student.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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