school accountability

Florida has more than 100 schools that it labels persistently failing. Those schools have earned D’s and F’s for several years in a row. Many of them suffer from high poverty and high teacher turnover. The issues facing parents, teachers, and students in such schools are complex. Now a House panel has unveiled a plan that would change the way the state deals with such situations.

The Florida Department of Education is revising its timeline for when schools will begin facing penalties under a revised state accountability system.

The biggest change is next year’s switch away from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment tests to new statewide exams aligned with the “Florida Standards”.

A revamp of Florida’s troubled school grading system is now moving through the Legislature after receiving approval from the Senate’s education committee Tuesday.

Florida’s schools are graded on an A-to-F scale. Those grades carry great weight in determinations of state funding, local property values and whether businesses want to open up shop nearby. But Miami Democratic State Senator Dwight Bullard – a social studies teacher himself -- says school grades can’t be counted on the same way other grades are:

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Florida school district superintendents are in the beginning stages of figuring out what changes the upcoming legislative session will bring. During a Tuesday meeting with Governor Rick Scott the group outlined a list of issues for state lawmakers to consider.