Florida: A Model for the Nation
Igniting the A–F School Grading Movement
In 1999, Florida stopped accepting the status quo and began acting on the belief that all students can learn. Through bold, student-centered policies founded on high standards, accountability and transparency, Florida has experienced unprecedented gains in student achievement. This transformation has equipped countless students with a brighter future. A–F School Grading is the foundation of Florida’s successful education reform strategy. This method of data-driven accountability is spreading across the country as the nationwide demand for excellence in education increases.
Data Drives Progress and Targets Support:
A–F School Grading celebrates what schools and teachers are doing well and identifies those who are struggling so they receive crucial feedback and attention. The grades, based on objective data, foster transparent accountability and hold all students in all schools to the same high standard. As a result, school grades reflect the learning taking place at a school.
Clarity Involves Communities:
The system ignites community involvement because everyone understands the difference between an “A” and an “F.” When parents, teachers and community members clearly understand their school’s performance, they rally to raise their school’s grade. The end result is increased student achievement in the school.
Flexibility Allows Future Growth:
As schools continue improving, reaching goals and meeting high expectations, states can elevate academic standards to further advance student learning. With A–F School Grading, states can continually advance standards to ensure each generation of students graduates ready to compete in the national and international job market. Florida has raised the bar for earning a school grade five times since the inception of A–F school grades.
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