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Florida schools transition to more rigorous standards
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012 16:47 PM

The Florida Department of Education recently announced its grades for public elementary and middle schools throughout the state. Overall, 47 received an F for 2012 based on factors like students' performance on state tests. Meanwhile, 238 institutions did not fare much better, as they each received a D.

While a number of schools are not performing as well as they should be, Florida education officials like Gerard Robinson, the commissioner of education, understand that this is a transitory period in the state’s education sector. During the 2014-2015 academic year, students will be introduced to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

"Florida's economic future depends on preparing our students for success," Robinson said. "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."

While many schools struggled, a large number of institutions did perform well, as 1,124 of them received an A, and 667 earned a B. For the first time, these results also incorporated students with disabilities and those who are learning English for the first time.