Florida Education Board Could Suggest Changing School Ratings

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Florida Board of Education could recommend lawmakers revise the state school performance system at a meeting tomorrow.

School districts have complained the system sets higher standards for the state?s lowest-rated schools. For a low-rated school to pull itself off a watch list the district must improve more rapidly than other state districts.

The result is that a district on a state watch list could earn a failing grade, school officials have said, while the same performance might earn another district a ?C?.

The recommendations trim the number of schools improvement categories to 4 from 6. Only schools earning an ?F? grade could be considered among the lowest-rated schools.

The bill also eliminates the use of federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards. School districts have complained that AYP standards increase annually, forcing low-performing districts to hit a moving target to remove themselves from the watch list.

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