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Legislators back timeout on school grades

March 24, 2014
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State legislators are getting behind a proposal to pause Florida's school grading system for a year.

A Florida House panel on Monday voted in favor of a bill (HB 7117) that overhauls the state's A-to-F grading system. The legislation is based on recommendations made by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

The move is being made as the state transitions to a new test that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

But a key portion of the bill would ensure that schools would not receive any sanctions or penalties as a result of school grades issued in 2015. That's because the state plans to use the first year of the new test as a "baseline" in which to measure schools.

School superintendents had suggested a three-year pause on the grading system.



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