Published: Aug 18, 2011 5:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A former education commissioner says Florida's schools are going backward in preparing students for college.
    
John Winn on Thursday told the state Higher Education Coordinating Council that students' scores on standardized tests fall significantly as they move from the elementary to middle and high school.
    
Yet, he said, Florida's system of grading schools doesn't reflect that.
    
Winn cited ACT scores released Wednesday showing only 17 percent of Florida high school graduates this year were college ready.
    
But last year 71 percent of the state's high schools received an A or B and only 14 percent had a D or F.
    
Winn urged the council to add the grading system to its agenda.
    
Winn was commissioner under Gov. Jeb Bush and this year briefly returned on an interim basis.

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