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Duval County Increases 2010 High School Grades
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Today, the Florida Department of Education released the 2010 High School grades. 84 percent of Duval County’s public high schools have maintained or improved a letter grade, while three schools declined a letter grade.

"Our high schools are embracing strategies to ensure that every student is college ready, and it is paying off," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "These results are proof that our students, teachers, principals and staff are working hard so that all students achieve academic success."

Sandalwood High School made the most improvement with an increase in two letter grades, from a “C” to an “A,” while seven high schools improved one letter grade. Now that all school grades have been released for elementary through high school, 81% of Duval County public schools earned A, B or C grades.

Duval County public schools have the highest graduation requirements in the state and have continued to see an increase in our graduation rate. The 2010 graduating class was the first group of students to complete an even more rigorous college ready curriculum that includes Algebra II, an additional science requirement and two years of a world language.

The calculation for high school grades changed this year to not only include student FCAT scores, which account for 50 percent of the grade, but to also include graduation rate, college readiness, and access to and performance in rigorous, accelerated coursework.

Duval County Public Schools, the nation's 21st largest school district, serves approximately 123,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world.

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