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Schools should get 'incomplete' in Florida grading system, Sen. Montford says



As head of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, Bill Montford has made clear that he and his members don't think schools should get state-issued grades for 2014-15.

At most, he's argued, the schools should receive 'incomplete' marks, since the formula requires learning gains that can't be calculated.

Now Montford the state senator representing Leon County has made good on his views. This week, he filed SB 1124 to codify the superintendents' proposal. The bill would give all school districts an "I" grade, as well.

So far, there's no companion bill in the House. And key Senate leaders have signaled their unwillingness to adopt the superintendents' point of view.

But they always talk of their respect for Montford. So at the very least he might expect a committee hearing or two, which could provide some lively commentary if nothing else. The Senate Education Committee meets twice in the first week of session. Keep an eye out for this one.

[Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2015 12:04pm]


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