The hits keep coming for Florida's school leaders.
After the state increased the rigor and passing mark on the FCAT this year, student test scores declined. School grades, released for all but high schools earlier this week, went down. And now more than half of the state's 67 school districts have been downgraded.
All of the school districts in the Tampa Bay area earned Cs this year under the state's A to F rating system, according to results released Friday by the state Department of Education. Last year, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties each earned a B.
Overall this year, there were 14 A-rated school districts, compared with 30 last year. The number of B-rated districts stayed about the same, while the number of Cs nearly doubled. There were seven Ds this year, compared to one last year. There were no Fs either year.
District grades are based on FCAT scores. High school grades will be released later this year and they include FCAT scores and other measures, such as graduation rates and performance in Advanced Placement classes.