TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The number of top-rated schools in Florida is falling sharply.
The Department of Education on Friday released new A to F grades for many of the state's public schools.
The grades showed that the number of A-rated schools fell nearly 39 percent this year, while the number of F-rated schools more than doubled.
The number of F-rated schools could have been much higher. Earlier this month, the State Board of Education voted by a 4-3 margin to tweak the formula that allowed as many as 150 schools to avoid getting an F grade.
The decision to change the grading standards was done over the protest of some officials who said the move would confuse parents and mask the true performance of many schools.