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Nearly half of Florida schools receive "A" grade from Department of Education

FLORIDA  --  Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an "A" grade for the 2012 -13 school year.
  
The grades released today by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of "A" schools.
  
But the number of "D" and "F" rated schools also went up.
High schools are graded on several factors, including test results and graduation rates
Pam Stewart/Department of Education: "There's still room for growth and that's where we want to focus and continue moving the needle forward."

Most schools in our area got A's and B's.
In Escambia County, Escambia and Pine Forest High Schools both got C's, the same as last year.
  
Santa Rosa County's Central School dropped from a "B" to a "C".
In Okaloosa County, Laurel Hill School went from a "C" to a "D". 

School districts are also graded.
Escambia got a "C" - second year in a row.
Santa Rosa has straight A's.
And Okaloosa fell from an "A" to a "B."