Florida's A-F grading system has experienced many changes over the last 15 years and will undergo even more now that the Florida legislature approved Senate Bill 1642 on Wednesday. The bill, intended to simplify the school grading formula, will impact school grades released after the 2014-2015 school year and into the future.
Some of the major changes which will go into effect after this school year's grades are released are the:
Updates from Previous Blog Posts:
Although little has changed since the Commissioner proposed the new school grades formula in January, there are a few updates worthy of mentioning that were included in the final, approved version of the bill. The updates include:
Need for More Information:
As the new school grading formula is being implemented, schools will be held harmless in terms of accountability sanctions and penalties during the transition year. School grades will still be reported, but will be considered as a baseline. These baseline grades will be released after the same year that the state will also be implementing a new statewide, standardized assessment. With that said, there are a few concerns and aspects of the school grading system that still have to be determined. These include:
The Florida Department of Education still needs to determine:
As was mentioned, it is important to remember that the school grades to be released in the upcoming months for the 2013-2014 school year will be based on the current formula in place.
The changes outlined above will take effect for grades released after the 2014-2015 school year. However before that can happen there are still many questions that will need to be answered.
For more in-depth updates from this year's legislative session and developments on the new school grading system and assessment coming this next school year, continue to check back on the Jacksonville Public Education Fund's blog to learn more.