Number of Top-ranked Florida Schools Drops

Friday, July 13, 2012

The number of highly rated Florida schools dropped sharply this year, a development that state officials foresaw and warned parents about a week ago in an effort to brace them for the news.

Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson and other top educators called it a result of tougher standards and new achievement levels required of students.

The annual grades released Wednesday come at a time when the state’s system of evaluating students, schools and teachers is under some of the sharpest criticism it has endured in the years since former Gov. Jeb Bush first pushed the system into place.

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