News in Brief
Fla. Schools Face Tougher Grading
The Florida board of education approved rule changes last week making it tougher for schools there to get top grades.
After complaints that the proposal for revising Florida's A-to-F school grading system was unfair and would result in unnecessary failures, Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson made revisions.
Mr. Robinson, for example, agreed to drop a plan for giving an automatic F to a school if less than a fourth of its students read at grade level. Instead, such schools will drop a letter grade. The board also agreed to delay that change until next year.
The grading system will include all disabled students and English-learners, except those who have been in the United States for less than a year. That will satisfy requirements of a federal waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act.
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