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How well do Pinellas high schools prepare students for college?

The answer varies significantly based on the latest results from the Common Placement Test, one of many measurements that help gauge college readiness among public high school students in Florida.

The test is taken each year by Florida students who intend to enter a degree program at a public college or university in the state. The vast majority of test takers are state college students because most — but not all — state university students have high enough scores on the SAT or ACT to exempt them from the Common Placement Test.

Like most measurements in education, the CPT is not a perfect gauge of college readiness. For example, students who go on to private and out-of-state colleges are not included in the count. But it does give one indication of a school's success and its results factor into policy decisions by state officials.

The CPT tests students in math, reading and writing. The list below ranks Pinellas high schools on the percentage of students who had passing scores in all three subjects in 2012, and who consequently didn't need to take remedial classes in college. It also contains each school's 2011 results.

The news is mixed. Seven schools improved their rating in 2012 from the previous year. But nine went down, and half scored below the statewide percentage.

% of 2012 grads % of 2011 grads

School passing Common passing Common

Placement Test Placement Test

Palm Harbor U. 89 88

East Lake 82 87

Osceola Fundamental 80 76

St. Petersburg 79 71

Seminole 71.8 76

Countryside 71.7 70

Largo 70.8 65

Tarpon Springs 67 72

Pinellas Park 66.3 61

Dunedin 66.2 73

Clearwater 65 69

Lakewood 62 65

Northeast 57 61

Boca Ciega 50 54

Dixie Hollins 49 59

Gibbs 35 43

Districtwide 70.1 70.9

Statewide 66.4 64.7

Source: Florida Department of Education

How well do Pinellas high schools prepare students for college? 12/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 4:43pm]
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