Florida Board of Education considers simplifying grading system

ORLANDO, Fla. — The State Board of Education is considering a plan to simplify Florida's school grading system.

Education Commission Pam Stewart has proposed a plan to remove items that automatically cause a school's grade to drop. The plan also eliminates SAT scores and certain graduation rates from the complex formula used to evaluate high schools.

The board will consider Stewart's plan at a meeting Tuesday morning in Orlando.

Nearly half of Florida's high schools received an "A" grade for the past school year, amid an ongoing debate over the accuracy and complexity of the grading formula.

The grades for high schools are based on test scores, graduation rates and college readiness. Schools receive points based on how many students take college-level courses and how they score on tests such as the SAT.

Many parents said they plan to protest the meeting.


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