Today the FLDOE released high school graduation rates and high school grades. Five of the six SLPS high schools increased their graduation rates, with LPA experiencing a slight drop to 93%. The rates were as follows:
|School||2014 Graduation Rate||2013 Graduation Rate||Change|
Superintendent Genelle Yost stated, ” The four year graduation rate is one of the true measures of high school performance, indeed district performance, and our substantial increases reflect the hard work of our students and our staff. While we know we will not be satisfied until the graduation rate is 100%, we have evidence to prove that we are moving in the right direction.”
In 2014 the FLDOE dramatically increased the points required to achieve an A or a B in the school grading calculation. State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced this morning that there was a 13% drop in the number of A rated schools state wide and a 5% drop in the number of B schools due to these changes. Three St. Lucie high school grades were impacted by the change in the scales. The grades issued to St. Lucie Schools were as follows:
|School||2014 Grade||2013 Grade||Impacted by Change in Grading Scale||2014 Grade Had Scale Not Changed|
Even though each of our schools showed measurable improvements in many tested areas, not all of the letter grades reflect that high performance.
- Lincoln Park Academy continued its rich tradition of academic excellence earning 1316 points total, and another grade of A.
- Fort Pierce Central and Treasure Coast each scored enough points to earn an A on last year’s scale, but under the new scale were assigned a B.
- St. Lucie West Centennial was also impacted by the change in grading levels as it earned enough points for a B on last year’s scale, but on this year’s scale was awarded a C.
- Mosaic, the district’s virtual school, increased one letter from 2013.
Yost added, ” It is unfortunate that the state changed the rules of the game again. Under last year’s scale half of our high schools would be A’s, but with the change, only one is. Our schools showed increases in almost every tested area, yet the single letter grade does not reflect that.”