By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- All three district high schools in Indian River County received "A" grades from the state Department of Education in late December.
Indian River Charter High School and Sebastian River High School are once again A-rated schools, following a temporary slip to B-ratings, as a result of statewide changes in evaluation. Vero Beach High School joined the other schools with its first "A" grade in at least 12 years.
Instead of basing high school scores solely on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results, the scores are based on a 1,600-point evaluation that includes FCAT results, as well as graduation rates in various categories, including that of at-risk students, participation and performance in accelerated courses and college readiness test results.
All three high schools scored high enough for an "A" grade last year, at least 1,050 points, but since they did not show at least 50 percent improvement in the reading scores of the lowest FCAT scores, the school grades were held to "Bs."
The process for grading high schools is currently being revised in phases and more evaluation categories will be added for the 2012-13 year, including biology and geometry end-of-the-year tests.
Due to the Christmas holiday, representatives were unavailable for comment on the school-grade announcement.
For more information about the Indian River County School District, visit www.indianriverschools.org.