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Byline: Andrew Dunn
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ The Florida Department of Education is proposing changes in the way it grades schools, but officials say the new criteria have really been a long time coming.
"It was part of the original Bush/Brogan A plus plan," said JoAnn Carrin, spokeswoman for the education department. "It had to be phased in when we developed the new tests for the new grade levels."
The new criteria continue to base school grades on student scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the state's accountability exam that tests students in math, reading and writing. But the grading has been made tougher by having only one set of …