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The cost of failure for Florida school grades

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Jul 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-29 14:22:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--It's the constant flip flopping of the education system--from tougher tests to higher standards. Parents like Kris Kimel say isn't healthy for the kids in the classroom.

"I think that they're trying to make the changes too quickly and trying to push all these changes through and i'm not sure that they're going to get the result they really want," said Kimel.

Now school grades are suffering.This year's premliminary numbers show slightly more than 4-percent of schools are failing and the number of a schools dropped from 48-percent to 29-percent. Schools get recognition dollars for achieving an A or improving a letter grade, but this year many won't.

"Now when there are fewer a grades as there are this year there will be fewer schools that get school recognition funds," said Joe Folick.

The extra dollars could go towards things like books, classroom resources, and staff salaries.

Joe Folick with the Florida Department of Education says the major drop is a result of moving towards more rigorous standards like common core and new exams to get students college and career ready.

Something lawmakers like Senator Bill Montford agrees with but suggests moving at a slower pace.

"We have to get it right, and I believe that we should pause and lets do it right and make sure we have an assessment process that we all have confidence in," said Montford of Tallahassee, District 3.

Folick says the department is focusing on that plus helping even more struggling schools.

"People shouldn't view an f as a punitive measure, we want to help the schools that are under performing, so being identified as an F, nobody wants to be an F but this is an opportunity to improve," said Folick.

"There are so many other aspects that need to go into their education than just testing is not going to get the results that they want," said Kimel.