Other states eye Florida’s school grading woes

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Florida’s formula for grading its schools — hailed as a model nationwide — may be rewritten again this year to include a controversial “safety net” that would keep grades from dropping more than one letter. But the 11th-hour wrangling over the “accountability formula” is drawing attention far beyond Florida.

“We’re definitely watching,” said Eric Lerum, vice president of national policy for the Washington, D.C.-based reform advocacy group Students First. “The rest of the country is watching as well.”

Buoyed by Florida’s rising fourth-grade reading scores and an early jump on what’s now a national movement, more than a dozen states have moved in the last three years to mimic the Sunshine State’s polarizing school grades system.

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