Nine Pinellas County high schools received an A grade for the 2011-12 school year compared to two schools in 2010-11, according to data released today by the Florida Department of Education.
The percentage of A high schools in Pinellas was 56.3, significantly higher than the state average of 47 percent. Six schools improved a letter grade, while Boca Ciega High improved two letter grades. Boca Ciega, Countryside, Largo and Pinellas Park high schools received an A for the first time.
In addition to student performance on the FCAT, the state’s high school grading system considers factors such as graduation rates, participation and performance in advanced coursework, and college and career readiness, making this year’s scores particularly noteworthy, said Pinellas Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego.
“We’re very pleased with the key indicators of student success and preparedness to transition to post-secondary education and careers,” Grego said. “Our schools are rising to the challenge. This is a very happy day for Pinellas County Schools.”
Additional highlights from the data include:
- All 16 high schools improved their post-secondary readiness in reading, indicating that more students are effectively prepared to enter college without the need for remediation.
- Ten schools increased student participation in more rigorous coursework and industry certification.
- Despite the fact that the graduation rate formula became more stringent this year, as the state moved from the National Governors Association (NGA) to the federal 4-year calculation, 15 of the 16 high schools showed improvement in their graduation rate. The remaining school, Palm Harbor University High School, maintained a 95 percent graduation rate.
The data show that Pinellas high schools are improving their strategic focus on supporting individual students, providing early intervention, using data to drive instruction and problem-solving processes, continuously measuring student needs and achievement, and creating strategies to meet goals, Grego said.
“Our teachers and administrators are truly working to foster and maintain cultures of learning and continuous improvement in our schools where everyone, adults and students alike, values learning and growing,” Grego said.
Five-year comparison of Pinellas County school grades, 2008-2012
Individual school points and grades, 2012 and 2011
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