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Still waiting for Florida's 2015 school grades?



The newest Florida school grading formula became official on Tuesday, and state education officials indicated that 2015 school grades based on the formula would follow soon after.

Many people expected the results, which will look much like a simulation released in December, on Tuesday concurrent with the new rule taking effect.

Thursday morning, however, found school district officials checking their in-boxes for word from the state detailing when the final grades will arrive. They found nothing.

The grades won't be out today, Department of Education spokeswoman Alix Miller told the Gradebook at noon, and it's not yet determined if they will come on Friday either.

Miller said the department was reviewing all its data in advance of any release. She added the department will alert the public when the grades are ready.

Despite the desire to have the grades, there's not much excitement brewing over them. Many groups, from parents to superintendents, pressed the state to cancel the grades, at least for this year, because of concerns over last spring's testing and the lack of comparison data between 2014 and 2015.

The effort failed, though, so now they want the marks in their rear view mirrors, allowing them to focus completely on the next set of tests, which begin at the end of February.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:22pm]


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