Florida community wants school grading system changed

Friday, August 30, 2013

Legislators, business leaders, parents and school officials on Wednesday urged Gov. Rick Scott to overhaul Florida's school grading system, capping a three-day summit on the state's most pressing education issues.

Dozens of participants — including superintendents, state senators, the Teacher of the Year and a local parent — called for a more nuanced approach to the A-F labels that schools receive each year based primarily on standardized test scores.

"Schools don't teach; teachers teach. There's much more variation within a school than between schools," said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up For Students, which administers the state's tax-credit scholarship program for low-income students.

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