The report card for Florida’s high schools is out, and the results bode well for South Florida schools.
The Florida Department of Education released its 2012-13 school grades Wednesday for high schools, and both Miami-Dade and Broward saw a far higher percentage of high schools score A’s. In Broward, 65 percent of secondary schools posted top grades, while 59 percent of Miami-Dade high schools earned A’s.
That compares with 48 percent statewide, a record number for Florida.
"With more high schools earning A’s, it is clear that our teachers are succeeding in providing Florida students with a quality education," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.
Combined, close to 90 percent of Broward and Dade high schools earned an A or a B.
The results were so positive around the state that they triggered a policy that requires the rigor of Florida’s grading scale for high schools to increase this year. According to state education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the State Board of Education voted two years ago to make the scale tougher should 75 percent of high schools earn an A or a B.