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Why school grades dropped this year

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

There wasn't a lot of celebrating going on for Bay area schools Thursday. A majority of them in the state stayed the same or slipped a letter grade this year.

But there are more schools that got D's or F's this time around, so the question is: What exactly does it mean?

It's important to keep in mind this is the first year of the state's tougher standards, Linda Cobbe of Hillsborough County schools said. Statewide data shows more schools dropped a grade ranking.

Many teachers and administrators are complaining the statistics are skewed because of that. There were roughly 365 less A's this year, and the number of schools receiving a D or F almost doubled.

Many school districts, however, are highlighting the small victories, saying they'll work with underperforming schools to see where improvements can be made.

"I think it's important to put it in perspective," Cobbe said. "We're looking at higher standards, higher cut scores, the formula for A's, B's and C's is more stringent so it's just a fact of life. We expect change. We look at where we are and focus on the future and improvement. "

There is promising news, state educators say.

They believe that in a year or two the grades should rebound. That's because right now many school districts are working to figure out what the grades really mean and how to better prepare students.

LINK: More on this year's grading

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