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School grades released for elementary, middle schools

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State education officials released the 2014 school grades for elementary and middle schools on Friday.

The yearly "A" to "F" grades are primarily based on student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, according to the Department of Education.

In Volusia County, 14 elementary and middle schools earned an "A," which increased from 11 schools in 2013.

Seminole County Public Schools said it remains an "A"-rated district for the 11th year and about 81 percent of its schools received a grade of "A" or "B".

In Orange County, officials said nearly 62 percent of schools earned "A" or "B" grades.

Statewide the Department of Education said the number of schools receiving an "A" grade increased, but schools earning an F grade also increased.

Officials said schools that get A's or improve their grades receive extra funds from the state.

In 2015, a new statewide assessment test will replace the FCAT. Additionally, officials said a revised school grading system will be used.

High school grades are expected to be released later in 2014.