Gradebook podcast: Florida school grades – helpful, or harmful?

Michael Petrilli [Courtesy of Thomas B. Fordham Institute]
Michael Petrilli [Courtesy of Thomas B. Fordham Institute]
Published June 29 2018
Updated June 29 2018

Florida has issued school grades for 19 years. And while the marks have prompted some schools to change the way they do business, they also have enraged some people who see the rating system as an unfair, imprecise way to gauge school performance.

Mike Petrilli, CEO of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is a supporter who also sees the need to improve the model. He speaks with reporter Jeff Solochek about school grading in Florida, its history and next steps.

Past coverage: Tony Bennett scandal sparks new discussion on validity of school grading 

Related coverage: Florida unexpectedly releases school grades 

See the 2018 school grades on the Florida Department of Education website

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