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6 Pasco high schools earn A grades

LAND O’ LAKES — The Pasco County school district doubled its number of A-graded high schools this year and saw its only D high school improve to a C, according to grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education.

But the district also saw four previous B schools drop to a C.

In all, Pasco had six A schools, two B schools and six C schools. That compares to three A schools, nine B schools and one D school, Fivay High, in 2012.

Pasco eSchool, the district’s virtual school, did not earn a grade in 2012 because it was new, but received a C this year.

The latest grades are for the 2012-13 school year. Grades for elementary and middle schools were released earlier this year, but high school grades always come out later because they have a more complicated formula that includes such factors as graduation rates.

“While we celebrate our success, we continue to work diligently to ensure that all of our students have access to opportunities to succeed at high levels,” Superintendent Kurt Browning said in a prepared statement. “We must remember that beginning in 2014, there will be an automatic grade scale increase, requiring more points to earn an A, a B or a C; therefore our work does not stop.”

Schools that improved one letter grade were: Pasco High, A; Sunlake High, A; Fivay High, C; Gulf High, A; and River Ridge High, A.

Those that dropped a letter grade were: Anclote High, C; Zephyrhills High, C; Hudson High, C; Land O’ Lakes High, B; and Ridgewood High, C.

Schools that maintained their 2012 grades were: Wesley Chapel High, B; Mitchell High, A; and Wiregrass Ranch High, A.

Statewide, the Department of Education reported that 240 schools, a record number, earned an A, up from 231 last year. The number of F schools statewide also increased, though, to eight, up from three in 2012.

All grades are preliminary pending an appeal window that ends Jan. 22.

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