Florida shool grades drop under new formula

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Florida education officials released preliminary school grades for elementary and middle schools on Friday – and, as expected, the grades dropped due to changes in the state’s complicated accountability formula.

In Miami-Dade, including both district schools and charters, nearly 60 schools received failing grades — 46 Ds and 13 Fs. In Broward, 33 schools got a D and 12 got F’s. Last year, Miami-Dade had 29 D schools and four F’s; Broward had 13 D’s and four F’s.

With public skepticism growing about the validity of Florida’s A-to-F grading system, the dominant question has become: Are public schools really failing, or is it the state’s letter-grade system that deserves an F?

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