Florida puts school grading system on hold for one year

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Florida's controversial school grading system will be put on ice for a year under a bill passed Wednesday. The new bill comes after a tumultuous few months that saw the education commissioner resign and critics take aim at the grading system and new testing standards.

The move to overhaul the grading system was backed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and is being made as the state transitions to a new test replacing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT. The Florida House passed the bill by a 76-42 vote.

A key portion of the bill (SB 1672) would ensure that schools wouldn't receive sanctions or penalties as a result of school grades issued in 2015. That's because the state plans to use the first year of the new test as a baseline to measure schools.

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