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(Source: AP/Brian Bohannon)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Miami-Dade County maintained its overall B rating for schools this year, but Broward County dropped from a B to a C in the latest ranking released by the state Wednesday morning.

In Broward County, 58 percent of high school students were reading at a satisfactory level or higher; 61 percent were at a satisfactory level or higher in math; and 66 percent were at the same level in science.

Still, for the last two years, Broward County schools have slowly been declining according to the state numbers. Broward County Schools earned an A rating from 2008-2011. But in 2012 the overall grade fell to a B and then to a C this year.

Miami-Dade County Schools continued to maintain an overall grade of B for the sixth consecutive year.

The numbers in Miami-Dade County showed 57 percent of students reading at a satisfactory level or higher; 59 percent hitting the same level in math; and 58 percent hitting at least a satisfactory level in science.

Here’s a further breakdown of some Broward and Miami-Dade High Schools:

Broward:
25 A Schools
10 B Schools
3 C Schools

Five schools went down a letter grade, five went up a letter grade, and 28 stayed the same.

Dade:
34 A Schools
15 B Schools
5 C Schools
3 D Schools

Eleven schools went down a letter grade, eight went up a letter grade and 38 stayed the same.

Pinecrest Prep in Dade County went from a C to an A; but Miami Central and Lawrence Academy went forma C to a D. In Broward County, Dillard High School went from a C to an A.

“We are rightfully proud of our students’ performance, which places them solidly among the highest in the nation,” said Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.  “The Miami-Dade School Board has empowered our educators to inspire students to achieve, and today’s announcement confirms just how well they are performing with the support of teachers, parents, and the community behind them.  While we lead urban America, much work needs to be done.”

Last year, nearly half of Florida’s high schools received an A grade for the 2011-12 school year, despite the implementation of a more rigorous graduation rate. Three high schools last year were given an F.

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 put a safety net provision in place that prevents a school from dropping more than one letter grade in a year.

The state grades its high schools based on student performance on tests, as well as graduation rates and other factors.

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