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Why did your Florida school get an "Incomplete" grade for 2015?



Florida's superintendents made the case to give all Florida's 3,344 public schools a grade of "Incomplete" for 2015, noting required academic gains are not available. Their association leader, Sen. Bill Montford, even filed a bill to press the point.

That concept fell flat, though. The grades came out Friday.

And still, 118 schools -- that's 3.5 percent -- got I's anyway. What's up with that?

According to the Department of Education, just two reasons exist for a school to not receive a grade. Those are:

· The percent of students tested at the school or district is less than 95% of the school's or district's eligible student population.

· Before, during, or following the administration of any state assessment, the validity or integrity of the test administration or results are under review and investigation based upon allegations of test administration and security violations as described in s. 1008.24, F.S., or Rule 6A-10.042, F.A.C.

Does that mean certain schools had a strong opt-out contingent? Did they have testing improprieties? Were those related to computer-related troubles from last spring?

We asked for details about 14 specific schools, get some insights into why their grades were withheld or revoked. The department said no information beyond the "I" was available.

Districts now have time to appeal their grades before they become final.

[Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016 10:52am]


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