Florida Board Considering Revamping School Grading System

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More failing schools are expected in Florida if the State Board of Education makes changes sought by Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson.

The board will consider revamping Florida’s A-to-F school grading system on Tuesday in Tallahassee.

Critics say the changes would result in more schools being eligible for take-over by for-profit charter school companies.

Robinson says a tougher grading system is necessary to help Florida compete on a global level.

He contends the present grading scheme is unacceptable because it’s possible to get an “A” even though three out of four students cannot read on grade level.

Such a school would get an automatic “F” even if its overall grade was higher under the proposed rule changes.

Opposition has come from local school officials and parent groups.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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