Florida Board of Education proposes changes to district grading, assessments, FCAT

State BOE commissioner to unveil changes Tuesday

ORLANDO, Fla. - A new proposal that could change the way your child's education is measured is set to be unveiled Tuesday morning in Orlando in front of the State Board of Education.

Right now, Florida uses a formula based on FCAT, Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test, grades and classroom performance, to grade a school's performance.

The proposal coming from Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is expected to be two-fold and if adopted, the proposed changes could take effect as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

It will focus on the number of students proficient on state, standardized tests and students who need to improve from the previous year.  Criteria that has already been there, but now, will have a clearer definition.  Schools would set performance level expectations immediately following the new standardized testing once the FCAT is phased out after the 2013-2014 school year.  Commissioner Stewart says this will give accurate depictions of student and school performance, not just using statistics from old expectations.

The new proposal would eliminate the penalty that required grades drop if a certain percentage of struggling students didn't improve and would get rid of provision that gave middle and high schools extra points if their students took advanced placement classes.

The new idea would also show percentages.  Instead of just "A" through "F", parents, students and school faculty would see percentage of points earned much like on a test.

The current system has been in place since the FCAT was put into place in 1999.

To see the Power Point presentation, visit  www.fldoe.org/board/meetings/2014_02_18/accountability.pdf

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