Sanctions associated with Florida’s school grading system will be put on hold for a year under a bill the state legislature passed last week.
The legislation follows a tumultuous time during which Florida’s former education commissioner resigned and critics questioned both the state’s A-to-F grading system and new testing standards being implemented in public schools.
A key portion of the bill would ensure that schools wouldn’t receive penalties as a result of grades issued in 2015. The state plans to use the first year of the new test as a baseline to measure schools. School superintendents had suggested putting the ramifications on hold for three years to give more time for districts to get used to the new test.
A version of this article appeared in the May 07, 2014 edition of Education Week as Fla. Legislature Approves Delay on School Grading