How Are School Grades Determined

The Florida Department of Education has a formula for grading schools. Every year the state gives each public K-12 school an A through F letter grade.

For kindergarten through middle school, school letter grades are based on a schools FCAT scores.

But for high schools, there is a new formula. Only 50 percent of a high schools grade comes from FCAT results.

Here’s the breakdown of the high school grading formula.

There are a total of 1600 points a high school can earn.

  • 800 points: come from a schools FCAT scores
  • 300 points: come from graduation rates
  • 200 points: come from college readiness, which is measured by SAT results
  • 175 points: come from student participation in college-level classes, like Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment where students can earn actual college credit as well as high school credit. As well as Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses.
  • 125 points: come from performance in college-level courses, meaning whether students earn college-credit for the college-level courses they enroll in.
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