Florida education department prepares for school grade review
The pieces are beginning to fall in place for a speedy revisiting of Florida's school grading policies, just weeks before the 2013 grades are to be released.
And several invited members of the task force that's being put together are the superintendents who have raised the loudest complaints that this year's changes to the grading formula will yield results that don't match true student performance.
The DOE has asked superintendents Alberto Carvalho (Miami-Dade), MaryEllen Elia (Hillsborough), Margaret Smith (Volusia), Malcolm Thomas (Escambia) and Wally Cox (Highlands) to join the advisory panel, along with Kim McDougal from Gov. Rick Scott's staff, Jason Rose from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and state Sen. Bill Montford, who heads the Florida Association of District School Superintendents
DOE top administrators commissioner Tony Bennett, chief of staff Dale Chu and deputy chief of staff Will Krebs also are set to work with the task force.
Their meeting is scheduled tentatively for 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, in Tallahassee.
"I intend to move pretty quickly on this," Bennett told the Gradebook. "My intent going forward isn't simply to make schools look better. My intent will be to find the right (policy) answer."
Bennett said school grades still could be released in July, after the State Board considers whatever recommendations emerge from the task force.