For months, parents, principals and policy makers have lodged the same complaint: Florida's school grading system has become so complex, it is virtually meaningless.
On Tuesday, state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart unveiled her plans to simplify it.
Her proposal, up for consideration by the state Board of Education on Feb. 18, removes the triggers that automatically cause a school grade to drop. Among them: a rule requiring schools be docked one letter grade if fewer than 25 percent of students are reading on grade level.
Stewart also wants to strip SAT scores and certain graduation rates from the complex formula used to evaluate high schools.
Despite pressure from superintendents, Stewart is not recommending a temporary suspension of the school grading system as the state transitions to new standards and assessments. But under her proposal, schools would not face consequences for poor grades until the transition is complete in 2016.
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