Annual grades fall sharply for Florida schools
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The number of top-rated schools in Florida is falling sharply.
Three Lee County schools received F's, Franklin Park Elementary, Lee Charter Academy and a new schools, Harns Marsh Middle School.
Two Collier County schools received F's, Parkside Elementary and Eden Park Elementary. Charlotte County had no F schools.
The Department of Education on Friday released new A to F grades for many of the state's public schools.
The grades showed that the number of A-rated schools fell nearly 39 percent this year, while the number of F-rated schools more than doubled.
The number of F-rated schools could have been much higher. Earlier this month, the State Board of Education voted by a 4-3 margin to tweak the formula that allowed as many as 150 schools to avoid getting an F grade.
The decision to change the grading standards was done over the protest of some officials who said the move would confuse parents and mask the true performance of many schools.
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