Published: Dec 18, 2013 11:04 AM EST
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 1:07 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Sunshine State students are scoring higher than years past, setting a record. Nearly half of Florida's high schools received "A" grades for the 2012-2013 school year.

The number of "D" and "F" grades rose as well. Eight high schools across the state got failing grades in 2013, up from three in 2012. None of Southwest Florida's high schools received "F" scores.

In fact, Lee, Collier and Charlotte County high schools scored mostly "A" grades, with a few up from last year. Out of all 16 Lee County high schools, nine scored A's, six were given a "B" rating, and East Lee County High School was the only one to score a "D."

In Collier County, seven out of nine schools scored A's. Immokalee High School scored the only "B," and Everglades City High School scored the only "D."

All four Charlotte County high schools received A's, as they did in 2012.

In all, 69 percent of high schools across Southwest Florida's main three counties scored A's, outscoring the statewide percentage of 48 percent.

The new numbers come after the state set new provisions that prevent schools from dropping more than one letter grade in a year.

With 82 percent of high schools across the state scoring A's or B's, the Department of Education plans to continue raising the bar for students. Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said they will continue to make it more difficult for high schools to earn A's and B's in the 2013-2014 school year, to keep students working hard.