District appealing WHS grade

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:59 AM.

The district has been an honor roll district, based on state criteria, earning an ‘A’ or ‘B’ for six straight years.

The district is also considered a high-performing district covering the same span.

The ‘high-performing’ designation includes not only school grades but also financial stability as evidenced by a “clean” annual audit.

“We are continuing to be a ‘B’ district and high-performing,” Wooten said. “But we have challenges at each school.”

High school grades are released about six months after elementary and middle school grades because there is an additional set of components for high school grading.

Fifty-percent of high school grade are based on scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The other 50 percent is based on college-readiness, including enrollment and success in dual-enrolled courses oradvanced placement courses as well as graduation and drop-out rates.

“We still have a high graduation rate, but we would like to see more minorities participating in dual enrollment,” Wooten said. “And both our high schools showed improvement in graduating at-risk students and that is a plus.”

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