Board Considers Simplifying School Grading

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Florida education officials have officially adopted a handful of changes to school standards known as "Common Core State Standards."

The changes were adopted Tuesday during a State Board of Education meeting in Orlando.

The benchmarks for learning in language arts and math were adopted by Florida in 2010 and have been approved by more than 40 other states. The standards were developed by a coalition of state leaders and establish what a student should know to be prepared for college and the workforce.

State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart also says she remains "on track" to make a decision in March regarding a new statewide testing assessment. It will replace existing tests which are primarily known as the FCAT.

Those changes would go into effect next school year.

Associated Press News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The State Board of Education is considering a plan to simplify Florida's school grading system.

Education Commission Pam Stewart has proposed a plan to remove items that automatically cause a school's grade to drop. The plan also eliminates SAT scores and certain graduation rates from the complex formula used to evaluate high schools.

The board will consider Stewart's plan at a meeting Tuesday morning in Orlando.

Nearly half of Florida's high schools received an A grade for the past school year, amid an ongoing debate over the accuracy and complexity of the grading formula.

The grades for high schools are based on test scores, graduation rates and college readiness. Schools receive points based on how many students take college-level courses and how they score on tests such as the SAT.

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