New elements in school grading formula

High school grades rose sharply this year, thanks partly to a new grading formula that for the first time included factors other than the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Prodded in part by critics of school grading, the 2008 Legislature mandated that beginning in the 2009-10 school year, the high school grading formula would include graduation rates, participation and passage on Advanced Placement exams, and "college readiness" as measured by scores on the FCAT, SAT, ACT and other standardized tests. The FCAT now counts 50 percent (800 points), the other components 50 percent (800 points). Pinellas schools earned eight A's, three B's, three C's and three D's. To see more high school grades, go online to schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

South Pinellas schools

BOCA CIEGA

2009 grade: D (416)

2010 grade if under old formula: D (403)

2010 grade under new formula: D (403 + 484 = 887)

FCAT (403)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 31 to 35 percent

• met science standards: 20 to 26 percent

Where they went down

• met writing standards: 83 to 82 percent

• math gains: 72 to 66 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 44 to 39 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 67 to 56 percent

Other components (484)

Overall graduation rate: 154; at-risk students graduation rate: 60; advanced courses participation: 82; advanced courses performance: 56; reading readiness 74; math readiness: 58.

DIXIE M. HOLLINS

2009 grade: D (397)

2010 grade if under old formula: D (402)

2010 grade under new formula: D (402 + 454 = 856)

FCAT (402)

Where they went up

• met writing standards: 76 to 86 percent

• met science standards: 23 to 30 percent

• reading gains: 40 to 42 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 38 to 45 percent

Where they went down

• met math standards: 60 to 55 percent

• math gains: 67 to 61 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 65 to 55 percent

Other components (454)

Overall graduation rate: 186; at-risk student graduation rate: 70; advanced course participation: 50; advanced courses performance: 48; reading readiness 61; math readiness: 39

GIBBS

2009 grade: F (394)

2010 grade if under old formula: D (395)

2010 grade under new formula: C (395 + 589 = 984)

FCAT (395)

Where they went up

• met writing standards: 78 to 84 percent

• math gains: 64 to 65 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 35 to 42 percent

Where they went down

• met reading standards: 34 to 33 percent

• met science standards: 27 to 22 percent

• reading gains: 42 to 40 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 63 to 58 percent

Other components (589)

Overall graduation rate: 184; at-risk student graduation rate: 65; advanced courses participation: 118; advanced courses performance 68; reading readiness: 90; math readiness: 64.

LAKEWOOD

2009 grade: D (451)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (447)

2010 grade under new formula: C (447 + 598 = 1,045)

FCAT (447)

Where they went up

• met writing standards: 83 to 85 percent

• met science standards: 40 to 48 percent

• reading gains: 46 to 48 percent

• math gains: 68 to 69 percent

Where they went down

• met math standards: 67 to 63 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 39 to 35 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 63 to 45 percent

Other components (598)

Overall graduation rate: 164; at-risk student graduation rate: 65; advanced courses participation: 136; advanced courses performance: 64; reading readiness: 95; math readiness: 74.

LARGO

2009 grade: D (448)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (460)

2010 grade under new formula: D (460 + 501 = 961)

FCAT (460)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 44 to 45 percent

• met math standards: 73 to 75 percent

• met writing standards: 77 to 84 percent

• met science standards: 30 to 33 percent

• reading gains: 45 to 47 percent

Where they went down

• math gains: 73 to 70 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 40 to 38 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 66 to 58 percent

Other components (501)

Overall graduation rate: 156; at-risk student graduation rate: 74; advanced courses participation: 84; advanced courses performance: 59; reading readiness: 70; math readiness: 58.

NORTHEAST

2009 grade: C (442)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (443)

2010 grade under new formula: A (443 + 612 = 1,055)

FCAT (443)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 37 to 41 percent

• met math standards: 65 to 69 percent

• met writing standards: 76 to 83 percent

• reading gains: 42 to 48 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 41 to 42 percent

Where they went down

• met science standards: 32 to 26 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 68 to 63 percent

Other components (612)

Overall graduation rate: 188; at-risk student graduation rate: 83; advanced courses participation: 126; advanced courses performance: 59; reading readiness: 87; math readiness: 69.

OSCEOLA

2009 grade: C (505)

2010 grade if under old formula: A (565)

2010 grade under new formula: A (565 + 656 = 1,221)

FCAT (565)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 50 to 61 percent

• met math standards: 82 to 87 percent

• met writing standards: 86 to 93 percent

• reading gains: 53 to 65 percent

• math gains: 77 to 83 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 47 to 56 percent

Other components (656)

Overall graduation rate: 200; at-risk student graduation rate: 100; advanced courses participation: 116; advanced courses performance: 75; reading readiness: 87; math readiness: 78.

PINELLAS PARK

2009 grade: D (428)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (444)

2010 grade under new formula: C (444 + 535 = 979)

FCAT (444)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 37 to 41 percent

• met writing standards: 81 to 87 percent

• met science standards: 23 to 29 percent

• reading gains: 42 to 48 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 42 to 43 percent

Where they went down

• met math standards: 70 to 69 percent

• math gains: 72 to 68 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 61 to 59 percent

Other components (535)

Overall graduation rate: 156; at-risk student graduation rate: 66; advanced courses participation: 82; advanced courses performance: 88; reading readiness: 84; math readiness: 59.

SEMINOLE

2009 grade: C (503)

2010 grade if under old formula: A (535)

2010 grade under new formula: A (535 + 646 = 1,181)

FCAT (535)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 52 to 58 percent

• met writing standards: 85 to 90 percent

• reading gains: 46 to 56 percent

• math gains: 75 to 76 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 38 to 50 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 60 to 61 percent

Where they went down

• met science standards: 53 to 50 percent

Other components (646)

Overall graduation rate: 178; at-risk students graduation rate: 71; advanced courses participation: 136; advanced courses performance: 82; reading readiness: 97; math readiness: 82.

ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGIATE

2009 grade: A (673)

2010 grade if under old formula: A (665)

2010 grade under new formula: A (665 + 794 = 1,459)

FCAT (665)

Where they went up

• math gains: 81 to 89 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 81 to 89 percent

Where they went down

• met reading standards: 91 to 79 percent

• met writing standards: 95 to 92 percent

• reading gains: 69 to 66 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 69 to 63 percent

Other components (794)

Overall graduation rate: 196; at-risk student graduation rate: 98; advanced courses participation: 200; advanced courses performance: 100; reading readiness: 100; math readiness: 100.

ST. PETERSBURG

2009 grade: C (497)

2010 grade if under old formula: B (523)

2010 grade under new formula: A (523 + 716 = 1,239)

FCAT (523)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 59 to 64 percent

• met math standards: 77 to 80 percent

• met writing standards: 84 to 89 percent

• reading gains: 54 to 60 percent

• math gains: 71 to 76 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 43 to 45 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 59 to 62 percent

Where they went down

• met science standards: 50 to 47 percent

Other components (716)

Overall graduation rate: 194; at-risk student graduation rate: 85; advanced courses participation: 152; advanced courses performance: 96; reading readiness: 100; math readiness: 89.

North Pinellas schools

CLEARWATER HIGH

2009 grade: C (460)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (459)

2010 grade under new formula: B (459 + 621 = 1,080)

FCAT (459)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 44 to 45 percent

• reading gains: 44 to 47 percent

Where they went down

• met math standards: 74 to 73 percent

• met science standards: 36 to 34 percent

• math gains: 72 to 69 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 45 to 38 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 59 to 57 percent

Other components (621)

Overall graduation rate: 180; at-risk student graduation rate: 82; advanced courses participation: 126; advanced courses performance: 74; reading readiness 87; math readiness: 72.

COUNTRYSIDE HIGH

2009 grade: D (470)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (489)

2010 grade under new formula: B (489 + 608 = 1,097)

FCAT (489)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 48 to 52 percent

• met math standards: 76 to 78 percent

• met writing standards: 83 to 86 percent

• met science standards: 38 to 40 percent

• reading gains: 50 to 51 percent

• math gains: 71 to 76 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 60 to 68 percent

Where they went down

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 44 to 38 percent

Other components (608)

Overall graduation rate: 174; at-risk student graduation rate: 58; advanced courses participation: 104; advanced courses performance: 98; reading readiness 93; math readiness: 81.

DUNEDIN HIGH

2009 grade: D (444)

2010 grade if under old formula: C (458)

2010 grade under new formula: B (458 +552 = 1,010)

FCAT (458)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 44 to 45 percent

• met math standards: 70 to 72 percent

• math gains: 70 to 72 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 38 to 43 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 55 to 59 percent

Other components (552)

Overall graduation rate: 170; at-risk student graduation rate: 70; advanced courses participation: 88; advanced courses performance: 85; reading readiness: 80; math readiness: 59.

EAST LAKE HIGH

2009 grade: B (559)

2010 grade if under old formula: A (583)

2010 grade under new formula: A (583 + 736 = 1,319)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 62 to 67 percent

• met science standards: 50 to 60 percent

• reading gains: 57 to 64 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 45 to 52 percent

Where they went down

• met math standards: 90 to 89 percent

• math gains: 81 to 79 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 72 to 70 percent

Other components (736)

Overall graduation rate: 194; at-risk student graduation rate: 95; advanced courses participation: 168; advanced courses performance: 100; reading readiness 94; math readiness: 85.

PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH

2009 grade: B (619)

2010 grade if under old formula: A (610)

2010 grade under new formula: A (610 + 786 = 1,396)

FCAT (610)

Where they went up

• met science standards: 70 to 75 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 47 to 49 percent

Where they went down

• met reading standards: 75 to 74 percent

• met math standards: 93 to 92 percent

• met writing standards: 95 to 93 percent

• math gains: 83 to 82 percent

• math gains for lowest 25 percent: 81 to 80 percent

Other components (786)

Overall graduation rate: 198; at-risk student graduation rate: 98; advanced courses participation: 198; advanced courses performance: 100; reading readiness: 100; math readiness: 92.

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH

2009 grade: D (477)

2010 grade if under old formula: A (532)

2010 grade under new formula: A (532 + 640 = 1,172)

FCAT (532)

Where they went up

• met reading standards: 47 to 57 percent

• met math standards: 77 to 79 percent

• met writing standards: 86 to 88 percent

• met science standards: 41 to 50 percent

• reading gains: 46 to 55 percent

• math gains: 74 to 76 percent

• reading gains for lowest 25 percent: 41 to 52 percent

Other components (640)

Overall graduation rate: 196; at-risk student graduation rate: 99; in advanced courses participation: 108; advanced courses performance: 79; reading readiness: 94; math readiness: 64.

Source: Florida Department of Education

BY THE NUMBERS

The grading scale

2009

A = 525 points or more

B = 495 to 524

C = 435 to 494

D = 395 to 434

F = less than 395

2010

A = 1050 points or above

B = 990 to 1049

C = 870 to 989

D = 790 to 869

F = less than 790

* Some schools may have received lower grades than their points indicate because of penalties.

New elements in school grading formula 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 3:21pm]

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