Report cards are in for high schools across the state, with Calhoun County making the honor roll.
Blountstown High School maintained an “A” grade this year, with Altha School dropping from an “A” to a “B”.
Liberty County High School fell from a “B” to a “C”.
Factored into grading are learning strides in reading, math, and science, including the percentage of the lowest scoring students who have demonstrated improvement since the previous year.
According to a press release from the Florida Department of Education, the number of Florida high schools and combination high schools getting an A grade for 2012 rose to 231, up from 148 last year.
“I want to thank students, teachers, parents, and school leaders throughout the state for their commitment to academic success,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “This year’s results reflect both higher standards and temporary safeguards the State Board of Education approved to help smooth the transition. As we continue toward implementing Common Core State Standards and assessments, we will continue to raise the bar as we prepare our students for success beyond high school.”
In addition to higher achievement levels this year, the state moved to a more rigorous graduation rate formula for high schools and expanded the basis for college readiness measures, focusing on all on-time graduates.
Next year, high school grades will include biology and geometry end-of-course assessments.