Fla. schools could get a break from standards

Florida Education
Posted at 10:36 AM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-12 07:39:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett wants to make last-minute changes to the formula used to calculate annual school grades.

Each year the state hands out A-to-F grades that are used to reward top schools and sanction those that get failing marks.

But Bennett on Friday recommended a new rule that would limit a school grade from dropping more than one letter at a time. The state Board of Education will consider the change at a special meeting scheduled for next week.

The commissioner is responding to worries from school superintendents that recent changes to the grading system would create a large drop in the grades that are widely used by parents to evaluate schools.

The grades are based primarily on student performance on a series of high-stakes tests.