Florida Board of Education Reviews New Proposals for School Grading Formula

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Florida’s new grade formula would not lower a school’s rank more than one letter grade under a set of recommendations presented to the state Board of Education on Tuesday in Miami.

Commissioner Gerard Robinson explained the idea would be that no matter the impact, “no more than a one-grade drop” for schools.

The latest proposals came after a barrage of criticism last month over a proposed overhaul of how the state grades schools.

The board has approved major changes to the formula, but narrowed the scope last month after parents, teachers, superintendents and business leaders assailed the plan. Under the original plan, state simulations showed that the number of failing schools in Florida would sky-rocket.

The state Board of Education had to change the school grading formula to incorporate new state exams and to qualify for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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