Florida gets more questions on its federal accountability plan

The U.S. Department of Education gives the state three weeks to respond.
Published Sept. 13, 2018

Florida's latest revisions to its federal education accountability plan addressed several concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Education, but generated others needing further clarification, Libby Witt of the department's Teacher Quality Program wrote to state officials Wednesday.

"In addition, some of the revisions that FDOE made in the August 24 revision have resulted in new concerns about other sections of the plan; these inconsistencies also need to be addressed," Witt wrote.

Among the questions raised, the department wanted more details about how Florida calculates math achievement and proficiency.

It asked for additional information on how the state identifies schools needing support for improvement, how schools qualify to exit from the turnaround program, and how schools with one D grade from the state fit into improvement planning requirements.

The questions again did not center on the many issues relating to English language learners that some civil rights activists have focused on.

The U.S. Education Department gave Florida three weeks, to Oct. 4, to submit its responses to the concerns.

"We are reviewing this feedback and will continue working with USDOE," state department spokeswoman Meghan Collins said via email.

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