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Here's an item that just slipped by us.

About two weeks ago, the Florida Department of Education quietly informed principals at 16 elementary schools that it had recalculated their school grades, and found they did better than initially thought. To see the list, and whether your school is on it, click here. Most of the schools hadn't appealed their grades, which ranged from B to D. They figured they'd do better next year.

But the DOE had to do the work anyway, as part of its effort to fix its 2006 third-grade reading test scoring mess. In a letter to superintendents, deputy commissioner Jay Pfeiffer explained the technical details of what the department did to "safeguard" schools from harm that came directly from the department's foul-up. (To read the letter that went to Martin County, click here.)

As a result, the department discovered that these 16 schools should receive more points - as few as 3 in some cases, as many as 23 in others. And that was enough to bump them up.

(Hat tip to the Bradenton Herald.)

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