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Sen. Gaetz proposes high school grading tweak



Sen. Don Gaetz, former Okaloosa schools superintendent, wants to tweak the way public Florida high schools are graded.

His K-12 Senate schools committee tomorrow will consider legislation (SB1908) that would - starting in fall 2009 - base half of a high school's state grade on factors including the school's graduation rate; students' performance on AP, IB and industry certification courses and exams; their SAT and ACT performance, and improvement in those areas.

Gaetz said the current practice of basing a high school's grade solely on the FCAT isn't fair, because in any given year the entire student body isn't taking the test. And measurements like the SAT and AP courses are important high school-level indicators of how well a school and its students and teachers are doing.

"We have about the worst high school graduation rate in the country, it's abysmal," said the Panhandle Republican, So if we're going to use school grading as a way of pointing out things we need to work on, graduation rates should be considered. I think we ought to open every door in a high school before we render a judgement."

There is no House companion yet, but it's early in the session.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:36am]


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