SWFL high schools receive grades for 2013-2014 year

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- New numbers released Thursday, show no Lee County high schools failed. All received A’s, B’s or C’s for their school grades.

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham says the numbers, overall, are very positive. The majority of high schools earned an A or a B which is higher than the state average. As for those that dropped scores, the superintendent tells WINK News, there is always work to do to improve.

Amanda Schlichte attends Fort Myers High School, a school that was able to keep its A grade for another year.

“I think it’s a good thing. It really shows positive things for Fort Myers, and it gives us a little more funding to do things in the school,” she said.

New numbers released Thursday show Lee County High Schools received six A’s, seven B’s and 4 C’s.

The data is based on the 2013-2014 school year. As for the six high schools that dropped in grades, Superintendent Dr. Nancy graham believes part of that is because the state changed the formula.

“Parents need to look at their own child. How did they do, did their score go up? Versus just looking at the school grade. Because the school grade represents a whole lot of variables,” said Dr. Graham.

A section of the high school grades  are based on student test scores. Those tests themselves have been heavily debated over the year.

“The legislators are the only ones who can make the changes. they allowed all these things to be put in law,” said Dr. Graham.

Numbers also show a higher graduation rate from Lee County high schools.  Moving forward, Dr. Graham says she will talk with each principal, to see what works, what doesn’t, when looking at improving grades in the future.

In Charlotte County, high schools rated B. Both Lee and Charlotte school districts tell WINK News the state changed the formula for the way it grades schools, which is why some have lower scores than previous years.

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