Florida to review tougher school grading formula

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Board members agreed Tuesday to take another look at the state’s rating system following warnings that a flurry of changes during the last two years could drop grades beyond expectations even in schools where students’ performance improved. Grades for 2013 are expected as early as next month.

“It may be late, but it’s not too late to sit down and perhaps get three superintendents from FADSS [the Florida Association of District School Superintendents], which can appoint them,” Chairman Gary Chartrand said during the board’s monthly meeting, held in Tampa. “They may come back and look at everything and say what we have in place is the right thing. But we want to be open, careful and considering if there needs to be a change.”

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said he would move to convene a task force beginning Monday, when he returns from a vacation. There isn’t another state board meeting until September, so any consideration of changes would be made on a conference call, Chartrand said.

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