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New Data Raises Questions About Advanced Placement Courses

Students failed nearly 1.3 million Advanced Placement exams last year, according to an analysis by Politico. And the overall passage rate for the exams has declined since 2002. In addition, The College Board, the nonprofit which administers the Advanced Placement exams, said research no longer supports the idea that students benefit just by taking the […]

Newsweek: Florida Boasts 115 Of The Nation’s Best Public High Schools

More than 100 Florida public high schools are among America’s best — including the second-best high school in the country — according to Newsweek. The magazine ranks the country’s top 2,000 public high schools each year. Newsweek says the winners are “those that have proven to be most effective in turning out college-ready grads.” The […]

Rural Students Vs. Urban Students: Who Performs Better in College-Level Classes?

In Florida’s rural counties, high school leaders say they can’t offer as many college-level courses as large urban high schools. But rural students are more likely to earn college credit for the college courses they do take, than urban students. Low participation counts against the grade high schools get by the state, which is tied to […]

Grading Florida Schools: Opportunities Lag for Rural Students

Florida high schools are being judged by the number of students enrolled in college-level classes. It’s tied to bonus money from the state. But in Florida’s rural counties, small schools say they can’t compete with the opportunities at large urban schools. Ashley Carr, a senior at Sneads High School in rural Jackson, Fla., is worried […]

Explaining Florida’s High School Grading System

Yesterday we asked why there were so many A and B high schools, according to the latest grades. The folks at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund have an answer in the chart at right. It’s because the state grades have very narrow ranges on a 1,600-point scale and many school found a way to quickly […]

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