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View 2015-16 Florida school grades with caution, Orange and Seminole superintendents warn

The superintendents of Seminole and Orange county schools issued a joint statement Thursday morning, urging families not to put too much stock in 2015-16 school grades -- particularly in comparison to those issued for 2014-15.

Barbara Jenkins of Orange County and Walt Griffin of Seminole County noted that the grading formula will implement learning gains for the first time since the state changed tests and standards. As a result, they said, the grades must be considered as baseline scores, without consideration of the "partial" past marks. Read more about the 2014-15 grades, and superintendents' concerns about them.

"We believe the new calculation of learning gains implemented in this year's formula will result in school grade drops for many schools compared to the inflated grades that were released last year," Griffin said in the statement. "The learning gains calculation is complicated and confusing. It needs to be overhauled and completely revised."

The new formula aims to ensure that students have made progress, and not simply stayed at the same performance level. Read more about the learning gains calculation changes.

The superintendents said they expect grades to be issued the week of July 10, based on conversations they had with Department of Education accountability staff. DOE officials told the Gradebook they could not confirm any release plans.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 10:05am]

    

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