Florida’s school grades ignore too many groups of students

(Editorial, Tampa Bay Times)

Most everybody knows Florida public schools get a letter grade based in large part on how well their students do on standardized tests, whether it’s how many are working at grade level or whether the school’s lowest-achieving students are making adequate progress. But that letter grade doesn’t take into account key factors that the federal government considers important in its education and civil rights law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis should move to correct this flaw and ensure that all children receive the education they are entitled to receive under the Florida Constitution.

Florida doesn’t factor into its school letter grades the performance of subgroups such as students still learning English, those living in poverty, minority students and those with special needs.

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