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Updated: 12/20/2013 04:12:01PM

BMS still struggling to raise its grade

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By CATHY PALMER

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This year’s Polk County state report card was a mixed bag. At the high school level, several raised their grades; one elementary school that earned a D rating last year rose two grades; but one failed in its effort to rise up from last year’s D rating. Half the scores are based half on the FCAT. The remainder is a laundry list of achievements, including graduation rates, certifications obtained and student scores on both International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement scores.

All Polk high schools finished the year’s reports with a C or better, even Tenoroc High School, which was just one step from failing last year. Bartow High School maintained its B rating, the same as last year, according to the state Department of Education rankings released on Wednesday. George Jenkins, Lakeland High and McKeel Academy got A’s. Ridge Community in Haines City got a B. Ten high schools got a C, among them Fort Meade, Lake Wales, Mulberry and Frostproof. Meanwhile, Alturas Elementary School reveled in raising its year-ago grade, from a low D to a B+, according to principal Charles Pemberton.

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