Brevard Schools Score Well On State Report Card
By Brandon Larrabee // December 19, 2013
14 of 16 score "a" on state report card
NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA – High schools across the state of Florida will face tougher standards next year after more than three-quarters of them made one of the state’s top two grades on report cards announced Wednesday.
In Brevard, 14 of the 16 public high schools in the county scored an “A” rating in the latest Florida Department of Education report. High schools with an “A” rating included Astronaut, Bayside, Cocoa Beach, Edgewood, Heritage, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay High, Rockledge High, Satellite, Space Coast, Titusville and Viera, West Shore.
Cocoa High Schools and Eau Gallie High School both scored a “B” rating.
‘TEACHERS ARE SUCCEEDING’
In all, 78 percent of Florida’s high school and “combination schools” received an A or a B in the 2012-13 school year, the state Department of Education said.
The portion of high schools making the highest mark ticked up by one percentage point over 2011-12, to 48 percent, while 30 percent of schools made a B, slipping from 32 percent a year ago.
“With more high schools earning A’s, it is clear that our teachers are succeeding in providing Florida students with a quality education,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release announcing the numbers.
But the high grades will also spark tougher standards under a State Board of Education rule, adopted in 2011, that requires the standards to rise if 75 percent of any group of schools makes the two highest marks.
78 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOLS RECIEVED AN A OR B
State officials said Wednesday this marked the first time the new rule has been used.
For example, high schools will now have to score 70 percent of the points available on the state’s grading system, up from 66 percent, to get an A. The standard will increase from 62 percent to 65 percent for a B, and there will be smaller increases in the scores necessary for C and D grades.
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart praised teachers and students for the progress.
“They are doing a good job, and it is really important that we continue to raise the bar as Florida his done, historically, over the years,” she said.
“They are doing a good job, and it is really important that we continue to raise the bar as Florida his done, historically, over the years.” — Pam Stewart
At the same time, the state is continuing a policy aimed at preventing schools’ scores from falling by more than one grade a year while schools phase in new state standards based on the Common Core initiative. Seven high schools were protected by that policy this year, education officials said.
Stewart said that scores could still slip after new tests based on those standards are implemented because Common Core is expected to be more rigorous than the state’s current guidelines.
“I think it’s fair to say that, just as with this move on our high-school grading we are raising the bar, that’s what we’ll be doing in ’14-’15,” she said.