Florida schools could get a break from standards

Published On: Jul 12 2013 12:00:17 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett wants to make last-minute changes to the formula used to calculate annual school grades.

Each year the state hands out A-to-F grades that are used to reward top schools and sanction those that get failing marks.

But Bennett on Friday recommended a new rule that would limit a school grade from dropping more than one letter at a time. The state Board of Education will consider the change at a special meeting scheduled for next week.

The commissioner is responding to worries from school superintendents that recent changes to the grading system would create a large drop in the grades that are widely used by parents to evaluate schools.

The grades are based primarily on student performance on a series of high-stakes tests.

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