Bay High School's sign at the front of the school says it all, as it blinks "We are an "A" School!"
"It's the first time ever for Bay High to have an "A" so it's what we've been working towards for years," said Principal Billy May.
The school earned an "A" for the 2012-2013 year, the first in its history. From 2010 through 2012, Bay High maintained a "B," after a long history of "C's" and D's." Principal May said his teachers, staff, and students are thrilled, an excitement shared across Bay District's Schools.
"I was so excited this morning that instead of having my usual sausage, I had a piece of cake for breakfast because I was celebrating," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt, as he joked before a press conference on Tuesday morning.
In Bay County, Bay, Rutherford, and A. Crawford Mosley improved their grade one letter from the previous school year. Deane Bozeman and J.R. Arnold maintained their grades from the previous year.
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"You're looking at more than just the FCAT, you're looking at more than just the end-of-course exams, you're looking at not everything they do, but almost everything they do," said Husfelt.
Husfelt said these high school grades paint a more accurate picture of what's going on in the schools. Unlike Elementary and Middle school grades, high school grades include FCAT results, graduation rates, and student performance in Acceleration and college readiness programs.
"Three of our high schools maxed out on the acceleration scores. They maxed out on it so if we can get the others ones to get to that point, they're going to find out that their grades are going to continue to rise."
Statewide, nearly half of Florida's high schools earned an "A" grade for the 2012-2013 school year, and 30% of schools earned a "B."
High schools may face tougher standards next school year. A State Board of Education rule said if 75% of schools earn "A's" and "B's," the state will likely raise standards.