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Florida education commissioner Stewart releases school grading proposal



Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart has slowly rolled out the details of her proposed new school grading and accountability model over the past week, with the most complete specifics to date emerging with Wednesday's publication of the State Board of Education agenda.

In her Power Point presentation for the board's Feb. 18 meeting, Stewart shows that she would eliminate provisions that would automatically drop a school's grade, as well as bonuses that would boost the grade. The grade would be based on percentages of total points earned, with scores assigned for achievement, overall gains and and gains among the bottom 25 percent of students.

Many factors added to the high school grade, in an effort to make the system more comprehensive, would be removed to get rid of complications that have arisen. Stewart has said she wants the formula, which has come under criticism as opaque, to be simpler and more transparent for the public to understand.

The plan also calls for a new learning gains calculation that takes into account whether low performing students have made strides toward grade level, and higher performing students are progressing beyond where they began.

You can read the full Power Point here. See also our story on the proposal here, and a post about Stewart's presentation of the key concepts to the Florida House on Feb. 6. She has said she will propose a pause in the consequences for low results in the first year of the new system, but does not plan to recommend putting off grading as some leaders have requested.

What are your thoughts about the plan as it is emerging.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:17am]


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