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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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(850) 245-0413

State Board of Education Approves New High School Grading Formula
~ Approval establishes Florida’s school accountability program as one of the most comprehensive in the country ~

Miami - The State Board of Education (SBE) today approved enhancements to Florida’s high school grading formula during a meeting in Miami. The changes, required by the passage of Senate Bill 1908 during the 2008 Legislative session, split the focus of the high school grading formula to now account for both Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) performance and new measures such as participation and performance on advanced coursework, graduation rates and the college and career readiness of students.

“In addition to providing a better representation of the accomplishments of our high schools, this new grading formula will help increase the educational opportunities available to students throughout Florida,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “The Board’s approval of these changes represents a significant step forward for our state as we work to prepare our young people to compete in today’s highly competitive global marketplace.”

Beginning this school year (2009-10), 50 percent of a high school’s grade will be based on the performance of their students on the FCAT, and the remaining 50 percent will be based on factors that include the following:

  • The school’s graduation rate;
  • The performance and participation of students in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment, Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), and industry certification;
  • The postsecondary readiness of the students as measured by the SAT, ACT, or College Placement Test (CPT);
  • The high school graduation rate of at-risk students; and
  • Growth or decline in these data components from year to year.

In previous years, grades for high schools have been released annually during the summer, alongside elementary and middle school grades. With the insertion of new data components for the revised grading formula, it is anticipated that high school grades will be released toward the end of the year when all components are available for the calculation to occur.

For more information about the changes to high school grades, visit (PDF, File Not Found)