Florida Board of Education Votes to Use Automatic Trigger to Raise School ...

Florida Board of Education Votes to Use Automatic Trigger to Raise School Grading Standards

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tallahassee – Today, the Florida Board of Education voted to further raise the standard of education in Florida.  Members approved an automatic trigger to use in Florida’s school grading system.  This tool will raise the threshold for schools –– elementary, middle or high – when 75% or more of the state’s schools in a specific level earn an A or B. 

“The Florida Board of Education’s commitment to high quality education will impact millions of Sunshine State students,” said Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and Chairman of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “Florida’s experience has proven that when the bar is raised schools and students rise to the challenge.  By using an automatic, student driven trigger, students will continue to reach their learning potential and exceed expectations.”
 
Florida’s data fueled, transparent A-F School Grading system underlies Florida’s entire K-12 reform strategy.  When Florida first started grading schools in 1999, only 21% of schools earned an A or B.  Today, 74% of schools earn an A or B, and the bar for good grades has been raised four times. This change strengthens Florida’s A-F School Grading system by continuing to ensure high expectations for every student and accountability for all schools.

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