Florida’s Public School Grading System Gets A Big, Fat ‘F’

Source: Suzi Parker / Takepart.com / Yahoo! News

Parents use the passing, failing, or mediocre grades to decide whether their child’s school is adequate. Also, these grades can impact everything from teacher pay and bonuses to property value. Critics have long questioned the system, which was created by former Governor Jeb Bush, because the grades are based primarily on standardized test scores.

As it turns out, the naysayers were right in questioning their validity.

Florida state officials have admitted that these grades are no longer a perfect way to gauge how a school performs. There are now tougher standards in math and science, and over the years, there have been more than 60 changes in the formula used to grade schools.

As a result, about a third of the schools could see a grade drop this year. Some schools could even sink two or three letter grades.

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