Putting Education Reform To The Test

Florida Education Board Could Suggest Changing School Ratings

Florida DOE

The Florida Board of Education could recommend lawmakers revise the state school performance system at a meeting tomorrow.

School districts have complained the system sets higher standards for the state’s lowest-rated schools. For a low-rated school to pull itself off a watch list the district must improve more rapidly than other state districts.

The result is that a district on a state watch list could earn a failing grade, school officials have said, while the same performance might earn another district a ‘C’.

The recommendations trim the number of schools improvement categories to 4 from 6. Only schools earning an ‘F’ grade could be considered among the lowest-rated schools.

The bill also eliminates the use of federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards. School districts have complained that AYP standards increase annually, forcing low-performing districts to hit a moving target to remove themselves from the watch list.

Other items the board could add to its legislative recommendations:

  • Require private and public pre-kindergarten programs measure their performance.
  • Allow the Florida Virtual School to become its own school district. The Board could recommend requiring the Florida Virtual School accept students with disabilities.
  • Require additional background checks for private school operators accepting state school choice scholarships.


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