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.
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.