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Official says school grade drop result of standards change, not students

Florida Education
Posted at 11:08 AM, Jul 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-26 13:06:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Education Association president Andy Ford says the state's shift in school grades is reflective of changes in the grading system, not student achievement.

The following is a statement released by Ford:

“The constantly changing measures the Florida DOE uses in grading school renders them meaningless as a comparison of school progress. Lower school grades don’t reflect a drop in achievement by students; they are the result of numerous changes in the grading system by the DOE and the State Board of Education. This system is flawed and does not reflect rising student achievement and the dedicated and caring efforts by our public school teachers and other school employees to provide our children with a high quality education.”


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The number of top-rated schools in Florida is falling sharply.

The Department of Education on Friday released new A to F grades for many of the state's public schools.

The grades showed that the number of A-rated schools fell nearly 39 percent this year, while the number of F-rated schools more than doubled.

The number of F-rated schools could have been much higher. Earlier this month, the State Board of Education voted by a 4-3 margin to tweak the formula that allowed as many as 150 schools to avoid getting an F grade.

The decision to change the grading standards was done over the protest of some officials who said the move would confuse parents and mask the true performance of many schools.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is releasing A to F grades for many of the state's public schools.

But the grades being released Friday underwent a last-minute change that will limit the number of schools that get F grades.

Earlier this month, the State Board of Education voted by a 4-3 margin to tweak the formula in such a way that as many as 150 schools will likely avoiding getting an F grade.

The decision to change the grading standards was done over the protest of some officials who said the move would confuse parents and mask the true performance of many schools.

Each year the state hands out A-to-F grades that are used to reward top schools and sanction those that get failing marks. Grades will be released for elementary and middle schools.