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Florida school grades due out Friday



The Florida Department of Education plans to release long awaited and much challenged 2013 school grades on Friday, a half week earlier than commissioner Tony Bennett's self-imposed July 31 deadline.

Department officials told the Gradebook that they are still working out details about how the grade reports will look, given the State Board of Education's recent decision to implement a "safety net" that prevents any school from dropping more than one letter grade. Bennett has said he wants to have "truth in advertising" so that parents will understand what the grades mean and how their children's schools performed. Early data runs indicated that more than 150 schools that would have earned an F under the new criteria would not get F's with the "safety net" in place.

School district superintendents pushed for a buffer in the grading system, after raising concerns that so many changes had been made to the formula in the past two years. They had hoped to have grades earlier in July, to help with planning for the new school year.

Many officials were caught off guard, though, at the news that the grades might arrive Friday — particularly because many districts are closed on Fridays during the summer. More details as they become available.


[Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 2:38pm]


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