Florida High School Grades Released

By: Florida Department of Education Release
By: Florida Department of Education Release

Tallahassee, FL — 1-4 11:02am

Today, the Florida Department of Education released the 2010-2011school grades for high schools. Eighty-three percent of LCS high schools received an A or B, outperforming the state by five percent.

“Once again our high schools are some of the highest-performing in the state,” said Superintendent of Schools Jackie Pons. “As standards were raised, we met the challenge and I am proud of the hard work and commitment of our high school administrators, teachers and students.”

High School Grades
Chiles A
Godby C
Leon B
Lincoln B
Rickards B

Leon County Schools is one of only ten districts statewide to earn an A for nine straight years.

Lincoln, Rickards, and Godby all dropped one letter grade from 2010.


TALLAHASSEE 1-4 – Florida’s high schools increased in the number and percent of schools achieving high marks for the 2010-11 school year, according to results released today from the Florida Department of Education.  Results show that 78 percent of the state’s high schools earned either an “A” or “B” grade, an increase from 71 percent last year.  These grades are based on the high school grading formula that was used for the first time in the 2009-10 school year. 

“It’s great to see more of Florida’s high schools trending upward,” said Governor Scott. “Education is critical to improving lives, preparing students for a job and attracting employers.”

Statewide, the greatest average increase in high school grade component points earned in 2010-11 was for student performance on accelerated coursework measured by AP, IB, AICE and industry certification examinations, as well as dual enrollment courses.

“I want to commend Florida’s students, teachers and school leaders for their hard work in helping students achieve academically,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. 

“Florida's strategy of raising expectations and expanding opportunities for academic growth continues to yield successful outcomes for our high school students. The $1 billion in education funding proposed by Governor Scott would give school districts additional resources to help students perform at even higher levels.”

Of Florida’s 474 graded public high schools (including combination schools serving high school grade levels) earning "A" through "F" grades for the 2010-11 school year:

·         147 earned an "A" (31 percent), compared to 145 schools (31 percent) last year.

·         224 earned a "B" (47 percent), compared to 188 schools (40 percent) last year.

·         72 earned a "C" (15 percent), compared to 69 schools (15 percent) last year.

·         25 earned a "D" (5 percent), compared to 57 schools (12 percent) last year.

·         6 earned an "F" (1 percent), compared to 11 schools (2 percent) last year.

The expanded high school grading system, first used for the 2009-10 school year, focuses on a broader set of student outcomes, including graduation rates and student participation and performance in advanced coursework. The high school grade is earned based on two major elements: 50 percent from the performance of each school’s students on the FCAT, and 50 percent from factors that include the following:

·         The school’s graduation rate.

·         The performance and participation of students in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment, Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), and industry certification.

·         The postsecondary readiness of high-achieving students as measured by the SAT, ACT, or College Placement Test (CPT).

·         The high school graduation rate of at-risk students.

School districts have an opportunity to appeal the grade through February 3, 2012. Based on the results from that process, school recognition funds will be determined and will reward schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance.

For detailed information on the 2010-11 high school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.  An informative press packet, complete with graphic displays of the results is available at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/pdf/1011/HighSchoolGradesPressPacket.pdf.  

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  • by nelbett Location: leon on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM
    I should say it is about time the people in this area appear to be concerned with the way our children are being educated in this area. Education should start at home no matter what nationality we come from. I just hope that when it comes time to look at the next budget cut the voters show the same concerns.
  • by Lee Location: Fort Lauderdale on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    Pompano Beach High had the highest points in the county (1392) and yet is knocked down to a B grade because the lower 25% did not have a 50% gain in reading. At Pompano the lower 25% could be at the passing 3 level but may not move up to a 4. At other schools the lower 25% may be at level 1 or 2 moving to a2 or 3 which is much easier to achieve. It seems unfair that the top school is penalized for being too high to improve.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    That is GREAT news. I think FAMU should take a chapter out of the "How to Run a High School" Book and raise there Standards as well.
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      by Huh? on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM in reply to DTH
      How did FAMU get in he middle of high school grades? smh......I agree with Quinton's comment.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to Huh?
        Some people just have to say something, even if it has nothing to do with the subject at hand.
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        by DTH on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:13 PM in reply to Huh?
        Because several Years ago, FAMU (the Collage) lowered there Grade Standards so more would Pass and the High Schools Raised theres and still got great Grades. I will never let up on FAMU until they RAISE there Grading Standards, at least bact to where they were. Two Articles ran in the Democrat several Years ago: The First was how FAMU had the Lowest number Passing. Then a Year later a Second Article ran about how FAMU had a record number passing, then it said it was due to FAMU changed the Grade Curve, Lowering it so more would Pass.
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          by Sue on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to DTH
          DHT, I guess you were in the class when they lowered the grading standards. The correct spelling is back and not bact. The "k" is not near the "t" key on my computer so your spelling error is not an accident. Maybe you should deal with facts and not what you assume.
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        by SNA on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:52 AM in reply to Huh?
        FAMU operates a K-12 school.
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      by Yeah and on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM in reply to DTH
      you should learn the difference between their, there, and they're.
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        by DTH on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM in reply to Yeah and
        What can I say, I went to a Public School.......LOL.
  • by Quinton Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    I've found out if schools with a high percentage of African Americans are doing bad, they talk about them; and if a school that has a high percentage of African Americans are doing well, THEY TALK ABOUT THEM. Why can't we be proud that just about all of Leon County’s high schools are doing well? I hate to put the race card in the mix but, it is what it is. When a black man is involved in something he's a "THUG". If he dies they say "thank God another thug is off the streets". How heartless can you be? Grow up and get a life! Blacks are just as smart and tend to make poor decision just like every other race. This year, determine not to PRE-JUDGE anyone because of their race. Judge people the way you would want your child or yourself to be judge.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to Quinton
      Let me ask you a question. What race are you? Because you seem to be judging those races that are supposedly judging black men that commit crimes. Also, I may call a black man that commits a crime a thug or a white man that murders an innocent child a monster. I don't discriminate based on race. What's the big issue with calling someone a thug? By definition, a thug is a violent person; especially a criminal.
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        by STATE WORKER on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:20 AM in reply to Anonymous
        So if you believe your post why call a black man who commits a crime a "thug", but you call a white man who committed murder a "monster. See the difference?
  • by SNA on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    Florida High, as a combination school, received an A!
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      by Sue on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:47 PM in reply to SNA
      The article is about Leon County Public Schools, not state developmental research schools.
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        by SNA on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:50 AM in reply to Sue
        The first sentence states "Today, the Florida Department of Education released the 2010-2011 school grades for high schools." Florida High is a local school that performed well and SHOULD have been part of the story. If I offended your weak constitution, too bad.
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          by Sue on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to SNA
          Well I guess they do not count.
  • by Rickards Alumni on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    Congrats Raiders!!!! No matter what the circumstances may be their is always one individual who has to criticize. I am very proud of you guys and hope that you continue the Good Work!!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM in reply to Rickards Alumni
  • by lam Location: tallahassee on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    How in the world Rickards gets a B grade??? It is a terrible school with reallistic grade between D and F, LCS system is a complete joke! Why would you cover up your F school with the IB program, instead of addressing the real problem?
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      by What! on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to lam
      Since you are such a great educator, just what is the real problem? Please tell us.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM in reply to lam
      Are you kidding me how can Leon County cover up test scores that come from the state...Please give credit where its do there are some awesome smart kids on the southside......
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      by DTH on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to lam
      Maybe the Kids have decided to "Buckle Down" and work harder.
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      by Sue on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:45 PM in reply to lam
      Nobody can cover up a grade that is determined by state calculations. Only 9th and 10th grade students in IB, regular education, and some ESE students take the FCAT which is one determining factor for school grades. Rickards got a "B" because that is the grade that their total score determined.eVERY SCHOOL HAS PROBLEMS. Nobody has anything good to say about students at Rickards or children from the southside until they fool them to and or make arrangements for them to go a school on the other sides of town only to play sports for them. So when they stay at their zoned school (Rickards) and do good they are not given credit.There are excellent, above average, average, below average, and need improvement students at every school in town. There are also drop outs, drug users, drug sellers,theives, and trouble makers at every school in town. So stop hating on Rickards and stop approaching our athletes when they are in middle school to go to your school to only play sports. To all southside parents of children that are excellent athletes or have the potential to be an excellent athlete stop sending your children over to the other schools to play sports, You see what they think of children from the southside unless you are making them look good. STOP IT NOW.
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