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Pasco high school grade appeals denied



After Florida's high school preliminary grades came out in December, two Pasco County high schools were so close to the next level up they decided to appeal for recalculation.

Anclote High School had earned 1,049 points, just one point shy of an A. Fivay High had received 863 points, seven short of a C.

In the case of Anclote High, officials pushed to have one additional student included in the calculation of the school's performance in accelerated courses. That student's Algebra end-of-course exam score of 3 would have pushed Anclote to a repeat A.

Fivay similarly sought to have just one more student counted, for his Advanced Placement scores and graduation, to avoid its second straight D.

The department turned them down. Records showed that the students in question were not enrolled at the schools in question at the time, deputy commissioner Juan Copa wrote in his explanation letters, which went out Feb. 15. Appeals were filed by Feb. 1. In most years, only a small percentage of appeals are approved, because of the detailed data reviews that take place. But because mistakes are known to happen, some schools try every round.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 5:41am]


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