PSJHS earns an ‘A’; maintains district streak

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

High school grades are released late in the calendar year because the grades are not based solely on results from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) as with elementary schools.

Earlier this year, Port St. Joe Elementary was given a ‘B’ grade and Wewahitchka Elementary a ‘C’.

Fifty-percent of high school grades are tied to FCAT scores, but the other half of the calculation takes into account enrollment numbers and success in dual-enrolled courses as well as graduation and drop-out rates, among other factors.

The ‘A’ at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, for which the school will be eligible for state School Recognition dollars, reflects a statewide trend.

A record number of state high schools and combination schools earned an ‘A’ this year, with 240 schools or 48 percent earning the highest grade, according to the FDOE.

That is a jump of 92 schools, or 17 percent, above the number of ‘A’ high schools from 2010-11.

Gov. Rick Scott noted that the “great education” being offered by Florida teachers, and reflected in the increase in high-achieving schools, was a primary reason, “We fought to provide $480 million (this year) for teacher pay raises.”

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