No D’s or F’s for Pinellas high schools; more Hillsborough schools earn A’s and B’s

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For the first time in nearly a decade, Pinellas County has no D or F high schools, according to school grades data released by the district Wednesday. Two Pinellas schools that earned D’s last year — Boca Ciega and Dixie Hollins — moved up to C, while a third — Largo High — climbed to a B. Gibbs High, which earned an F two years ago, moved from C to B. On the downside, the number of A high schools in Pinellas dropped from seven to two — East Lake and Palm Harbor University.

In Pasco, eight of 13 high schools saw improvement in their state grades this year, with Anclote High leading the way. Anclote jumped from F to A in its second year in the grading system. This occurred not only because of improvements in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results, but because the school this year had more data such as a graduation rate to count toward its overall performance. Five other Pasco high schools — Mitchell, Pasco, River Ridge, Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch — also earned As.

In Hillsborough, 93 percent of schools earned an A or B, the best district performance ever. Three high schools — Brandon, Chamberlain and Spoto — earned A’s for the first time.

Via The Gradebook

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