Nearly half of Fla. high schools given an A grade

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.
 
The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.
 
But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.
 
Florida released grades for the rest of its public schools over the summer amid a controversy over the accuracy of the grading formula.
 
The state has a safety net provision in place that prevents a school from dropping more than one letter grade a year.
 
The state grades its high schools based on student performance on tests, as well as graduation rates and other factors.