JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nine of Duval County's high schools' grades have improved in 2011, according to the school district.
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Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology increased from a "D" to an "A," the Duval County Public Schools announced today in a statement.
Terry Parker and Robert E. Lee high schools both received their first "B" grades; A. Philip Randolph Academy rose from an "F" to a "C" and Jean Ribault High School got its highest grade yet, a "C."
"We are excited, but not surprised," said Ribault principal James Young. "We have really been working hard the past two years."
Last year there were 11 high schools in Duval County with a "D" or "F' grade. Now there are three, Raines, Ed White and Jackson; Jackson fell from a "D" to an "F," while the other two received "Ds."
"It's a great day for Duval County!," said Duval school superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "We have done a lot of work over the last 6 years to put in place what we are seeing, a fruition of those efforts."
"We need to tweak, we need to figure out where we can do better, but we had a good plan in place, a working plan and we are seeing great progress."
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State education officials announced Wednesday that 78 percent received an A or B in 2011. That compares to 71 percent the previous year.
Just six high schools got an F compared to 11 in 2010.
The School District of Clay County announced its school grades:
- Clay High - A
- Fleming Island High - A
- Keystone Heights - A
- Middleburg High - A (First "A" in school's history)
- Oakleaf High - B
- Orange Park High - B
- Ridgeview High - A
"The long wait was worth it! I am extremely pleased with our high school grades and very excited for our administrators, staff, faculty and students," said superintendent Ben Wortham.
The St. Johns County School District announced that out of the district's seven high schools, Nease and Ponte Vedra high schools received an "A." Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez and St. Augustine High Schools Four received a "B." St. Johns Technical High School received an "M;" as an alternative school, it is graded differently.
High school grades were based entirely on scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test - or FCAT - until 2010. That's when other factors were added, including graduation rates and participation in advanced classes.
High school grades increased sharply under the new system in 2010. While that trend continued in 2011, it could end this year because the state has made it harder to pass the FCAT.
Schools that received an A or improve by a letter grade will receive cash awards of $70 per student.
First Coast News, Associated Press