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State Board hears recommended changes for school grading



The Florida Board of Education today heard recommendations from its task force looking into better ways to incorporate into the state's school grading system students with special education needs or who are still learning English.

The meeting is taking place in Miami, where the Miami Herald reports that the suggestions include: 

  • Until a student is proficient in English language, the focus should be on learning gains on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and the Comprehensive English Language Learning Assessment, used to measure student’s language skills and acquisition
  • After five years – the amount of time research indicates it takes for a student to acquire a second language – “all bets are off,” said Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho who served on the task force.

No decisions have been made. A vote is not likely on any proposals until at least next month.

The board still has a lengthy agenda, including a discussion on expanding online education. You can watch online here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:27am]


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