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Pasco school district wants to take strong stand on school grading law



Pasco County school district officials, led by superintendent Kurt Browning, have made clear their stance that Florida should not issue school grades for 2015.

With just days to go before the school grading rule comment period ends, district leaders are encouraging their colleagues to tell the Department of Education exactly what they think about the proposed plan for those grades, which haven't been halted.

"Our goal is to send at least 100 forms to DOE," accountability and research director Peggy Jones told administrators via email.

She also sent sample recommendations and comments, for consideration and possible use. Those include:

- "It is important for schools to know how they will be graded prior to the beginning of the year."

- "Algebra 2 cut score is a concern. There is a gap in the distribution of the percentiles for the Algebra 2 EOC compared to Algebra 1 and Geometry causing two concerns (1) there will be fewer students who earn a level 3, 4, or 5 and (2) there is a potential impact on the learning gains for students in Algebra 2."

- "The explanation of the calculation for earning a learning gain in Levels 3 and above is complex in a time when the model is to be transparent and should provide the ability for all to understand the calculation.

The proposed rule has some notable changes. It appears headed to the State Board by January. Have you submitted your views yet?

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:08pm]


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