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New rating system in place for Florida tutors



Tutor photo Florida tutoring companies providing services under No Child Left Behind will be rated after all, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist this week. But instead of A-to-F grades, they’ll be labeled “excellent,” “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” And instead of being judged solely on FCAT scores, a suite of factors are in the mix, including provider assessments, student attendance and completion data and surveys that gauge parental and school district satisfaction.

Rating tutoring companies is a big deal. Statewide, tens of millions of federal dollars are being spent on them every year, and tens of thousands of students are using their services.

Evidently, everybody’s on board with the new approach. The bill passed unanimously in the House and Senate. And the tutoring industry is gushing: “This is an example of policymaking at its finest, one we hope other states will follow,” said Steve Pines, executive director of the Education Industry Association.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]


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