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Two rise, seven hold steady in Pasco County high school grades



Two Pasco County high schools saw their school grades improve for 2011-12, and seven schools kept their grades steady, despite a new state grading formula that many superintendents said would drive the marks lower. Just four county schools saw their grades drop, according to information circulating in the school district.

The state does not plan to publicly release grades until 9:30 a.m. It will hold a conference call for reporters at 10 a.m.

According to reports obtained by the Gradebook, Land O'Lakes High earned an A grade, up from B in 2010-11. Zephyrhills High also saw its grade rise to B from C.

Mitchell and Wiregrass Ranch high schools also earned A's, the same as the year before.

Schools maintaining their marks were Sunlake (B), Fivay (D), Gulf (B), Hudson (B) and Ridgewood (B). Four schools dropped from their previous A grades: Wesley Chapel (B), Pasco (B), Anclote (B), River Ridge (B). The state provided a one-year cushion in which schools could decline only one letter grade. That deal expires this school year.

See our story here. The grades are released well after the start of the new school year because of the time it takes to gather data on such items as graduation rates and Advanced Placement results, which were added to FCAT scores in the formula a few years ago.

[Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 3:10pm]


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