'At-risk' grad rates bring down Pinellas high schools
As last week's story noted, nine of Pinellas' 16 traditional high schools were hit by penalties that dragged their school grades down. The attachment below, compiled by the district, shows who got snagged by what.
Five high schools that had enough points for an A - Clearwater, Countryside, Lakewood, Seminole and St. Petersburg - were penalized because their grad rates fell for "at risk" students. (Countryside, Lakewood and Seminole also faced penalties because they didn't see enough reading gains among their bottom-quartile students.) For high school grading purposes, at risk is defined as students who scored at Level 2 or lower in both reading and math on the eighth grade FCAT.
Clearwater and Seminole had the biggest drops among those students, both down 14 percentage points.
Dunedin and Dixie had the biggest increases among those students, up 12 and 11 percentage points, respectively.
More details about the penalty provisions can be found in the other attachment below.