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Florida teacher offers more insight into 'I' school grade



We all learned the other day that 118 Florida schools received "I" grades for one of two reasons: Testing too few students, or having testing integrity issues.

The idea that opting out played a part got little attention, even among the opt-outers, who argued the movement was too new and, more important, they "minimally participated," meaning their kids should have counted in the total.

One South Florida teacher, who asked not to be identified, offered an explanation that made sense. This teacher told the Gradebook that the low participation at high schools was due to juniors and seniors deciding to skip their Algebra II and geometry state exams after learning they wouldn't count.

At the high school where this teacher works, that decision brought the percent of students tested down to 89 percent. The teacher, who got information from a principal, figured many secondary schools had the same result.

Now, they're left with trying to explain the "I" to a general public that looks to school grades as a marker of performance.

Are you learning anything different about how your school did? Let us know.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:49am]


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