Writes Jeff Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times:
Florida’s A-F school grading system, respected and copied in other states, faces a credibility test here where it began.
For the second straight year, the state Board of Education is contemplating possible revisions to the grading calculation because of concerns that the test scores they’re based on could make the schools look bad.
A year ago, board members lowered the FCAT writing passing score after learning that students fared poorly under stricter standards and school grades would likely suffer. This year, the board directed that a task force look into superintendents’ concerns that a return to tougher policies threatened to drive up the number of F schools.
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