Florida board approves school grading changes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- It'll be tougher for Florida schools to get top grades under new rules approved by the State Board of Education.
The panel, though, made concessions to critics before revising Florida's A-to-F grading system on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
School officials and parent groups said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson's original proposal as unfair and would have resulted in unnecessary failures.
Robinson agreed to drop a plan for giving a school an automatic "F" if less than a fourth of its students read at grade level even if its overall grade was higher.
Instead, such a school would drop one grade. That change also will be delayed until next year.
The panel included all disabled students and English learners in the grading system but will seek some changes in that federal requirement.
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