It’s harder to coax students who are struggling academically to grow fast enough to catch up to their peers than it is to get typical students to pass minimum standards on state tests.
The first job is something urban schools often do well. The second job is what they struggle with but what most suburban schools easily achieve.
So says the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, an education policy and research group that Wednesday released its recommendations for Florida to revamp its nearly 15-year-old school grading system.
JPEF says that schools should get more credit for rapid academic growth among disadvantaged students and they should get fewer points for proficiency, which is Florida’s definition for passing state tests. Currently, the report cards give equal weight to student growth and proficiency.