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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Education today released school grades for every district in the state. Elementary and middle school grades are available and high school grades are expected to be released later this year.

For the first time, the state used more stringent standards and new achievement levels to determine school grades.

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According to the 2012 school grades report for elementary, middle and some combination schools released today by the Florida Department of Education, 89 percent of schools, 2,301 total, earned an A, B or C grade and 11 percent, or 285 schools, received a D or F grade.

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Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson said, "This has been a year of tremendous change for Florida's students, teachers and schools. Florida's economic future depends on preparing our students for success. The high standards we have in place today will help our students prepare for college, the workforce and life. I am confident that we are on the right path to prepare our students to compete with the best in the nation and around the world."

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Five times in the last ten years, Florida has raised their expectations for school grades. After an initial drop, school grades improved consistently in the years that followed, according to the Department of Education.

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Progress seen over the next few years should smooth and transition, the department said, as Florida begins implementing the Common Core State Standards in 2014-15. The new standards will be more challenging.

This was also the first year students just learning English or disabled students were included in school grade calculations.

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"I am particularly pleased that it is the first time that we have included students who are just learning English and students with disabilities in the school grade performance component," Commissioner Robinson said. "It is important that we measure our schools by the performance of all students, since that is the most accurate and fair way to represent our diverse state."

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The State Board of Education approved a policy based on recommendations by the Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability that will prevent any school from dropping more than one letter grade based on the previous year's grade.

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A summary of the 2012 school grading formula can be found at Grading Florida's Public Schools.

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