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More than half of Hillsborough’s high schools get an A

BY Erin Kourkounis
Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: December 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

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TAMPA – The last round of 2013 grades are in and more than half of Hillsborough County’s high schools earned an A, according to Florida Department of Education data released today.

Fourteen of Hillsborough’s traditional high schools earned the top grade, nine received B’s and four received C’s. There are no D or F high schools.

Here are some highlights:

* King High and Wharton High, both B schools in 2012, earned an A for the first time in three years.

* Leto High earned a B, the highest grade the school has received.

* Eleven schools maintained their A grade.

* Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School, a charter school, received an A for the third consecutive year.

Across the state, a record number of high schools and combination schools earned an A in 2013. Nearly half of 240 schools made the highest grade.

According to the Department of Education, the increase in schools earning the top grade came about even as the grading formula became more rigorous. Learning gains for the lowest performing 25 percent of students were not included in the grade calculation last year.

This year’s school grades are under a “safety net,” which means a school cannot drop more than one letter grade. In July, the provision was extended to the 2014 and 2015 school grades.

To review school grades from previous years click here.

ekourkounis@tampatrib.com

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Twitter: @ErinKTBO

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