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State Board Places Floor on Falling School Grades

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The state board of education in Florida voted last week to extend for two years the so-called "safety net" that prevents public school letter grades from dropping by more than one grade as the state phases in more rigorous teaching and testing standards.

For example, a school that slipped from a C to an F under the existing standards will fall no lower than a D on the statewide report card.

School administrators warned that without state intervention, grades would plummet with the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and the tests that will measure student performance against them.

Vol. 33, Issue 09, Page 4

Published in Print: October 23, 2013, as State Board Places Floor on Falling School Grades
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