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School grades out for Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Florida Department of Education released the long-awaited school grades.

This after the Board of Education changed the way students and schools were graded. Statewide, the numbers are better than many had expected.

There are more than 2,500 public schools in Florida. The vast majority, 89 percent, earned an A, B or C while 11 percent earned a D or a F.

Overall, the percentage of elementary and middle schools with an A rating fell from 58 percent to 43 percent while the number of D and F schools rose from 6 percent to 11 percent.

On new achievement levels this year, the scores, for the first time, factored in students just now learning English and with disabilities. "We have some 7-year-olds, you know, who are being potty trained right now," explained Eric Gross with Grove Park Elementary School. "So, to expect them to be proficient on a third-grade exam, they have other important things that they really need to focus on first."

There has been controversy over this change. The state's education commissioner says any drops are temporary and expects the grades to get better in the coming years.

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