SARASOTA COUNTY, Dec. 18, 2014 – All eight Sarasota County
public high schools received A or B grades for the 2013-14 school year. Pine
View School, Suncoast Polytechnical High School, Riverview High School, Venice
High School and Sarasota Military Academy, a public charter school, earned A grades.
Riverview and Venice high schools improved their grades from B to A. Booker,
North Port and Sarasota high schools maintained B grades.
The grades and high school graduation rates were released Dec. 18 by the Florida Department of Education. Grades for elementary and
middle schools were released in July. Sarasota County continues to be graded an
A district overall.
The district graduation
rate improved 5.1 percentage points, from 76.2 percent in 2012-13 to 81.3
percent in 2013-14. Every Sarasota County public
high school increased its graduation rate.
year, the state raised the scores required for a high school to earn an A or B.
Last year, schools needed to score 66 percent or above for an A and 62 percent
or higher for a B. This year schools had to score 70 percent or above for an A
grade and 65 or above for a B.
Last year 49
percent of the state’s high schools received an A. This year 36 percent earned
an A. All Sarasota County School district high schools would have earned an A
grade under last year’s grading formula.
pleased that, even with the more stringent state grading standards, all our
high schools received A or B grades,” said Sarasota County Schools
Superintendent Lori White. “In addition, when the current formula is applied to
calculate the graduation rate for previous years, the district’s 2013-14 high
school graduation rate is the highest since the state has been recording this
data. Of course, we owe these achievements to the hard work of our students,
teachers and administrators, and to the parents and other community members who
support our public schools.”
grades were not reported in July when elementary and middle school grades were
released because of the additional components used to grade high schools. Fifty
percent of a high school’s grade is based on 2014 state assessment scores,
including the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Fifty percent is
based on the school’s graduation rate, the number of students taking advanced-placement
courses, the number of students who pass advanced-placement examinations and
indicators of student readiness for college.
Sarasota County high school grades:
Federal Uniform Rate, which provides a consistent method for comparing
graduation rates among all states and school districts, the 2013-14 graduation
rate for Sarasota County public high schools is 81.3 percent. The percentage is
5.2 points higher than the state graduation rate of 76.1 percent and 5.1 points
higher than the 2012-13 Sarasota County graduation rate of 76.2 percent.
New federal regulations require
each state to calculate a graduation rate which includes standard diplomas but
excludes General Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs), both regular and adult, and
special diplomas awarded to some students with disabilities who do not meet the
requirements for standard diplomas.
The U.S. Department of Education adopted the method of calculating the
Federal Uniform Rate to facilitate comparisons of graduation rates across the
nation. In 2011-12 the formula
replaced the National Governors Association rate used since 2009-10 and the
Florida Graduation Rate used prior to that school year. The Federal Uniform
Rate is also used in Florida’s school accountability system to calculate school
grades for high schools.
Federal Uniform Graduation Rates, Sarasota County and state of Florida