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Florida's new high school grading system now in place



It's official: High school grades won't be based on just the FCAT anymore. We've been writing about this for oh, a year and a half now, so it's been easy to forget that the new formula wasn't totally in place until the state Board of Education voted unanimously for it at today's meeting in Miami.

The FCAT will now count for half of a high school's grade. The other half will include a slew of factors, including graduation rates, participation in Advanced Placement classes and industry certifications for students in career and technical programs.

Here's a recent look at how the new formula may affect schools in Pinellas. Here's a look at the formula in all its wonky glory.

The changes mean high school grades won't be announced in the summer any more, the Department of Education says. Expect them towards the end of the year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:35am]


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