Fla. State Board of Ed to Review Changes to School Grading System

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Florida Board of Education was to consider more changes to how the state grades schools, including special needs students and those learning English, at its meeting Thursday in Tampa.

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has proposed five changes to account for those students in the state-issued letter grade. The five proposed changes follow a long series of recommendations made by a special task force. The commissioner decided against 27 of the task force's 35 overall suggestions.

Earlier this year, the overhaul of the grading system triggered an outcry from educators and parents, in particular those with special needs children and students learning English. After they voiced many concerns, Robinson created the group to review how the state could count students with disabilities, students learning English and exceptional student education, or ESE, centers.

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