Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Brevard schools will avoid 'distraction' of school grades, superintendent tells parents



Brevard County's superintendent, Desmond Blackburn, isn't hiding his disgust with the Department of Education's plans to issue school grades early next year.

After Wednesday's release of a simulation showing where schools would land given certain rules and guidelines, Blackburn made clear to parents that he had no use for the report or the grades.

"While I appreciate the Commissioner's communicative efforts and the provision of the simulation," he wrote, "it remains our stance that a January release of school grades based upon the flawed administration of the new test and the absence of learning gains WILL NOT adequately reflect the hard work of our teachers, our leaders, our support staff, or our babies."

"In fact," he continued, "this release could negatively impact the learning environment as we approach this Spring's assessment season. If the rule is approved, and if these grades are released, we will focus our efforts to work together to keep our learning environments free from the distractions that this could cause." (Emphasis added.)

At least one other district leader had a very different reaction to the simulation: Hernando schools superintendent Lori Romano sent out a press release touting her district's improving grades.

"It's amazing what can occur when people and systems set high expectations and work together to propel us further toward our goal of becoming an A-rated school district of excellence," said Romano, who joined her colleagues this fall in deploring the current state of Florida's accountability model.

What are your school leaders saying?

[Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2015 4:03pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours