Florida’s Board of Education is meeting today to debate changing the state’s school grading system.
The proposal has drawn criticism from educators and parents — particularly a proposal to include students with disabilities in the formula.
Here’s seven questions about what’s being proposed, how it could affect schools and why it matters.
1. Why is the school grading system changing?
For two reasons: Some of the changes have been long-planned as a way to toughen standards that have seen more schools earn As and Bs since they were first put into place. Advocates, such as Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, argue the grading system has forced schools to improve. Raising the standards will force schools to improve again.