TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida’s high schools have gotten an “A” for effort when it comes to achieving high marks for the 2010-11 school year.

According to results released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Education, 78 percent of the state’s high schools earned either an “A” or “B” grade, an increase from 71 percent last year. These grades are based on the high school grading formula that was used for the first time in the 2009-10 school year.

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“I want to commend Florida’s students, teachers and school leaders for their hard work in helping students achieve academically,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson.

Of Florida’s 474 graded public high schools:

  • 147 earned an “A” (31 percent), compared to 145 schools (31 percent) last year.
  • 224 earned a “B” (47 percent), compared to 188 schools (40 percent) last year.
  • 72 earned a “C” (15 percent), compared to 69 schools (15 percent) last year.
  • 25 earned a “D” (5 percent), compared to 57 schools (12 percent) last year.
  • 6 earned an “F” (1 percent), compared to 11 schools (2 percent) last year.

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In Miami-Dade County, many schools received an ‘A’ grade. Here are the specifics:

  • A: 25 School
  • B: 11 Schools
  • C: 12 Schools
  • D: 3 Schools
  • F: 0 School

In Broward County the number grades are as followed:

  • A: 17 Schools
  • B: 12 Schools
  • C: 7 Schools
  • D: 1 School
  • F: 1 School

The high school grade is earned based on two major elements: 50 percent from each school’s FCAT results and 50 percent from factors that include the school’s graduation rate; the performance of students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE); SAT, ACT, or College Placement Test (CPT) results and the school’s graduation rate of at-risk students.

The greatest average increase in high school grade component points was for student performance on accelerated coursework measured by AP, IB, AICE and industry certification examinations, as well as dual enrollment courses.

“Florida’s strategy of raising expectations and expanding opportunities for academic growth continues to yield successful outcomes for our high school students,” said Robinson.

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