Putting Education Reform To The Test

Florida Department of Education Offers No Details on New School Rankings

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Gov. Rick Scott listens at a Miami business roundtable meeting in August.

Last week we noted a Fortune story including an anecdote about Gov. Rick Scott wanting to rank every Florida public school from best to worst.

Intrigued, we asked the Department of Education about Scott’s request.

Is this something the agency is just studying? When will the first rankings be released? What’s the methodology? Will the rankings factor into school bonuses or teacher merit pay?

Unfortunately, the agency declined to answer any of those questions. Spokesman Cheryl Etters sent along this statement:

“We have been working on various ways to approach the Governor’s request,” Etters wrote. “Nothing is final yet, but we should have something more concrete in a few weeks.”


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