The annual school grades proved disappointing in Broward County, with 41 schools losing their coveted A-rankings and six flunking.
The widespread declines for elementary and middle schools were attributed to a tougher grading scale enacted this year in hopes of getting kids to perform at higher levels on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. High school grades, which use graduation data in addition to test scores, haven't been released yet.
Superintendent Robert Runcie said the lower grades didn't come as a surprise. "Students are still doing as well as last year," he said. "The state just changed the … grading mechanism."
Including charter schools, 101 Broward County schools received As this year, down from 142 last year. There were 61 B's, 48 C's, 18 D's and 6 F's. Broward's percentage of A's, 43 percent, was on par with the state average.