Florida high schools still waiting for grades
Talk around the state's high schools had been that the Florida Department of Education would release school grades on Thursday.
Not so, it turns out.
"They will not be this week," department spokeswoman Cheryl Etters told the Gradebook. She added that no decision has been made as to a release date yet.
The week of Dec. 26, when all school districts are off for the holidays, remains a possibility, Etters said. The department is trying to figure out how to get the information out in a manner that schools have 30 days to appeal, while preserving the Feb. 1 deadline to determine how school recognition funds will be used.
Elementary and middle schools already have received their grades and gone through their appeals. The high school grades, already delayed compared to last year, come later in the year because they rely on data such as graduation rates that are not formalized until the fall.
Some school teachers have complained that the recognition funds have yet to be distributed. But the DOE is waiting for the high school grades to be formal before sending out the funds, so every school that earns the money gets the same amount per student. The Legislature set a firm amount for the recognition bonus regardless of the number of schools that qualify.