Florida’s system of grading schools heading for potential overhaul

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Changes could be coming to how the state’s schools are graded after lawmakers approved changes Monday to Florida’s school accountability and teacher evaluation system.

The proposal, HB 7117 sponsored by Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, would simplify how school grades are calculated for elementary, middle and high schools throughout Florida. The proposal requires that grades be calculated based on the percentage of total points earned by the school.

“The bill … focuses more closely on student performance in core subjects and takes a common-sense approach to how school grades are calculated,” she said. “(It is) analogous to how grades are calculated in the classrooms.”

Read more »