MARION COUNTY – Florida’s Department of Education released high school grades today for the 2013-14 school year and Marion County’s report card is attracting state attention.
Four public high schools maintained their grades despite a tougher grading scale this year – Belleview (B), Dunnellon (B), Vanguard (A), and West Port (A).
North Marion improved its grade to a B, one of just 55 schools state-wide improving over last year.
Forest had enough points to keep its A but slipped to a B because of its at-risk graduation rate.
Lake Weir slipped to a C due to 13 points less than last year’s score.
Francis Marion Military Academy earned a D, the same as last year, despite improving its numerical score by 29 points.
West Port leads the district with the most points earned – 1,226 this year compared to its 1,155 last year.
Meantime, Marion County’s four-year graduation rate climbed to 77.9 percent, up 1.1 percent over last year and 8.1 percent since 2011. Outpacing the state the last three years, Marion County’s graduation rate has continuously improved the last five years.
This year’s “cut” scores for school grades are higher than last year, making it even harder for schools to keep or earn higher grades:
• A = 1,120 or more (previously 1,050 points or more)
• B = 1,040-1,119 points (previously 990-1,049 points)
• C = 880-1,039 points (previously 870-989 points)
• D = 800-879 points (previously 790-869 points)
• F = less than 800 points (previously less than 790 points)
For more information, contact my office or visit FL DOE School Grades.
# # #