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Florida high school grades due Tuesday



Word came just after 5 p.m. Thursday that the Florida Department of Education plans to release the state's high school grades at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The long-awaited grades will let schools officially know how they're doing on a broader array of criteria than in past years, when only FCAT results mattered. This year, factors such as AP participation and graduation rates play a part. That could mean better news for some high schools, and worse for others.

Many of them have already crunched the numbers and and are already at work on plans to do better next year.

The advance word from the DOE is a welcome return to the department's past practice of giving us a heads-up on what's coming, along with enough time to get to the people who know the information best. Just this past Tuesday the state released districts' class size compliance reports after 5 p.m. — after most districts are closed —  and with almost no notice.

That was when more than half of districts failed to comply with the rules. Maybe next week's news isn't so bad.

[Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 6:12am]


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