Florida high school grades improve under latest simulation
Had Florida's new high school grading formula been in place last year, there would have been a whole lot of celebrating around these parts, especially in Pinellas.
According to the Florida Department of Education's latest simulation, obtained by the Gradebook, nine Pinellas high schools would have gotten B's (instead of two) and three would have gotten D's (instead of eight).
High schools in Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and statewide also would have fared better.
The old formula, based on FCAT scores alone, bites the dust this year, replaced by a formula that includes graduation rates, AP participation and other factors.
The DOE simulation did not include school-by-school results. Those should be out next month. We'll share 'em as soon as we get 'em.