Florida school grades released this morning

5:14 AM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida --  Florida will be releasing school grades today at 11 a.m. with a warning to parents that some schools may see their school grade drop.

Click: Florida DOE: School Grades

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson wrote a letter to parents this month stating a change in grade, "does not necessarily mean that the schools, teachers or students are not doing as well as they were before. There were a number of changes to the state's accountability system this year that impacted the results."

School grades are largely based on results of the FCAT 2.0 assessment test. This year, the state raised the bar with higher standards on grading and raising the passing score on the writing portion of the exam from a 3.5 to a 4 on a scale of 0-6.

Read: FCAT 2.0: New, tougher testing begins in Florida schools

The results were alarming. Only 27% of fourth graders passed the writing portion of FCAT 2.0, compared to 81% the year before.

Read: FCAT writing scores plummet

Read: Florida lowers passing grade on controversial FCAT writing test 

The State Board of Education called for an emergency rule that lowered the passing grade so more students would pass.

Still, many schools across the state will see their school grades temporarily drop this year.

Robinson wrote, "Each time Florida's school grading system has increased expectations, student performance has improved over time, which is the primary goal of Florida's accountability system. Florida will continue to make the adjustments and investments to ensure all students have the opportunity to get the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in school and beyond."

Some schools in Tampa Bay sent automated voice messages to parents, alerting them that their student's school may see a drop in the school grade.






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