Florida high schools posted better grades under a rating system that considers more than just standardized-test results to determine schools' A-to-F ratings. The new system uses such factors as graduation rates and student success in advanced courses and college-entrance exams to calculate the schools' grades. Of 470 high schools, 71% earned A's or B's, an increase of 30 percentage points from a year ago. State education chief Eric Smith said the scores reflected the results of hard work by students but more must be done to ensure high-school students are not struggling with basic skills.
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