TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The number of highly-rated schools in Florida is dropping sharply this year.
Florida education officials on Wednesday released annual school grades that showed a 24 percent drop in the number of A-rated elementary, middle and combination schools.
Last year the state had 1,481 schools receive A grades. This year the number dropped to 1,124 schools.
The number of schools that received D and F grades increased.
Each year the state hands out A-to-F grades that are used to reward top schools and sanction those that get failing marks.
Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson earlier this month warned that the school grades would drop because of recent changes to the state's grading system.
The State Board of Education in May voted not to let any school drop more than one letter grade.