the most pressing issue generating consensus among the attendees at the
Clearwater Education Summit is the school grade formula. The consensus:
something needs to happen to restore the fairness, accuracy, and credibility of
Florida’s School Accountability scheme.
the Department of Education: School grades must be fair, simple, clear,
understandable and transparent, based upon student learning outcomes and
objective measures. The school grading system should be statistically valid,
trustworthy and sustainable. It must accurately reflect school performance and
Department of Education and the State Board of Education have monkeyed around
with changing standards, performance levels (known as “cut scores”), and
emergency rules that they have lost credibility with educational professionals,
parents, and the general public alike.
rules every time they don’t like the results, applies the changes moving
forward—to the next race. Florida’s Department of Education, however, along
with the State Board of Education, thinks it appropriate to retroactively apply
rule changes—grading formula changes—whenever they don’t like the results the
FLDOE’s website, I come across references that vaguely refer to provisions that
will reset performance levels upward, thus lowering assigned school grades, if
too many schools in a given year make an A or B under the formula.
state it clearly, they change the rules until they get the results they want.
they are merely grist for the mill?
constantly tinkered with to produce two statements of propaganda for the media:
one, that Florida’s schools excel because of the politicians and bureaucrats
forcing these awful schools to improve (that’s right, they take the credit for
the achievement of people who actually work in the schools); two, they have to
continue to punish the people who work in the schools because they are the
reason schools are failing.
outstanding and awful at the same time?
is the problem. The Clearwater summit assumes that the Department of Education
and the State Board can be trusted on this. We have learned they cannot be
trusted, even though we do not have a scandal where the grading formula was
changed to accommodate a political donor.
the classroom. Teacher Jane Doe changes her grading formula so that Johnny, the
star quarterback, no longer has the F he deserves but now passes with a C. When
called into the principal’s office, Ms. Doe justifies her grading change
because it helped 20 other students also.
expressed chagrin of our politicians in the State. The logical conclusion is
that they own the problem themselves.
able to objectively grade Florida’s schools?
outsources its accountability program, which we know as school grades, to an
independent organization outside the influence and control of the politicians
and bureaucrats, you cannot believe in any school grades they assign.
instructional math coach for his school, which is located on the Westside.)