Tougher Grading Equals More Fs


State education officials say the number of failing schools nearly quadrupled in 2007 while the number of schools earning an A or B dropped.

The lower school grades are due in part to raised grading standards. This year, grades included FCAT science scores and measured gains among the lowest math students.

Miami-Dade County Schools had the most F schools with 26.

In the bay area, one Polk County high school got an F.

Five Hillsborough County Public Schools were listed as failing.

But Hillsborough Schools Spokesman Stephen Hegarty says there also was good news, 'We had more As than ever before.'

Hillsborough has 106 A schools this year. In Sarasota County, 78 percent of schools received an A. The state-wide average is 52 percent.

To access the Florida Department of Education 2007 School Grades, click here.

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