School grade proposal could come from commissioner next week
Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett might wait until next week's State Board of Education meeting to release his proposal about school grades, a department spokeswoman said Thursday.
Bennett was expected to release the proposal ahead of the meeting and then ask for a vote Tuesday. But a spokeswoman for the Department of Education said she wasn't sure it would be ready before the meeting or in what form it would take, written or verbal. (A written report is a public document.)
Bennett is expected to act on recommendations made by a task force of superintendents. The task force was concerned that the public wouldn't understand how the state could have fairly steady test scores yet see a drop in school grades. The latest grades are expected to be released later this month. A drop is expected because of a return to tougher rules in the grading system.
But Bennett made no promises about the recommendations. He has said that he was struggling with one revision to the system that prevented a school from dropping one letter grade in a year. He said it "wasn't really in the spirit of transparency" to call a school a C if it really earned a D.
The state board had used that rule to limit the fall out from a rapid increase in standards and changes to the system.