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Florida Department of Education overturns 2015 F grade for Pasco's Marchman Technical College

Earlier this year, Marchman Technical College in New Port Richey received an "incomplete" grade from the Florida Department of Education. The department cited the school's low testing participation -- 75 percent of eligible students -- as the reason. 

After a recalculation, the school, which never had received a state grade before, was given an F.

District officials challenged the grade, which is to serve as a benchmark for measuring future gains and performance. They argued that the school's tiny K-12 student population did not reflect its overall work providing career and technical instruction, including to many adult students.

That's why the school hadn't gotten a grade in the past.

On Wednesday, Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart informed the district that she agreed.

"Given that the K-12 students at the Marchman Technical College comprise a very small proportion of the school's enrollment, I believe that the student performance results do not represent the progress of the school," Stewart wrote. "The 2014-15 informational baseline grade is removed."

Results have not been released for 2015-16 school grades yet.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:17am]


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