school grading http://blog.wlrn.org en The Sunshine Economy: Superintendents Have Little Faith In School Grades http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-superintendents-have-little-faith-school-grades <p></p><p>A letter grade can be one of the clearest methods to communicate quality. The USDA uses it for meat. S&amp;P uses letter grades for credit ratings. The state of Florida uses it for public schools.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 19452 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Superintendents Have Little Faith In School Grades New Standards Will Require Rewriting Expectations, But Not School Grading Formula http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-standards-will-require-rewriting-expectations-not-school-grading-formula <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/07/16/state-board-of-education-approves-school-grade-safety-net/">Last month State Board of Education members turned on Florida&#8217;s school grading system.</a><p>The board was being asked to voted on two temporary changes which would soften the impact of several years of changes to the state formula which assign schools and districts an A-to-F rating. One change would prevent schools from dropping more than one letter grade this year, while another would change how<p>But the board was deeply divided. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:37:47 +0000 John O'Connor 18991 at http://blog.wlrn.org Classroom Contemplations: Why Teachers Leave The Classroom http://blog.wlrn.org/post/classroom-contemplations-why-teachers-leave-classroom <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-178cf9c9-82b4-f453-cf93-c96279569afa">We all agree that every student should have good teachers.<p><p dir="ltr">I think we also agree that there are three ways to improve the teaching force:<p><ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We must get “bad” teachers who cannot or will not improve out of the classroom<p></li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We must help “mediocre” teachers improve.<p></li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">We must keep “good” teachers in the classroom.<p></li> </ul> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Now, time for some of the critical thinking we ask of our st Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:17:20 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 19157 at http://blog.wlrn.org Tony Bennett's Last-Minute School Grade Changes Benefited 165 Indiana Schools http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tony-bennetts-last-minute-school-grade-changes-benefited-165-indiana-schools Our colleagues at <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/indiana/">StateImpact Indiana</a> have crunched the numbers and <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/indiana/2013/08/15/how-tony-bennetts-last-minute-a-f-changes-lifted-165-indiana-school-grades/">found that 165 schools benefited from changes to the school grading formula</a> former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett made in 2012 while the elected leaders of Hoosier State schools.<p>Much of the focus has been on <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/08/01/tony-bennett-resigns-as-florida-education-commissioner/">emails bet Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:03:27 +0000 John O'Connor 19143 at http://blog.wlrn.org What A School Grade Means To Parents http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-school-grade-means-parents Florida’s system of giving schools grades from A-to-F has been in the spotlight this summer.<p>First, state officials made <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/07/16/state-board-of-education-approves-school-grade-safety-net/">last-minute changes</a> to the A-to-F formula, preventing more than 150 schools from dropping to F grades.<p>Then, Florida’s education commissioner <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/08/01/tony-bennett-resigns-as-florida-education-commissioner/">Tony Bennett resigned</a> over reports that he manipulated school grades in Indiana when he was in cha Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:46:09 +0000 Sammy Mack 19086 at http://blog.wlrn.org Is Florida's School Grading System Too Complicated? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-school-grading-system-too-complicated Florida officials made just two major changes to the state formula which determines A-to-F school grades during the first six years of its use &#8212; adding a component to measure student test improvement from year-to-year and expanding the number of students included in the formula.<p>But since 2010 the state has made 16 changes to the formula, including adding new test results, increasing target test scores, factoring in high school graduation rates and accelerated coursework and adding scores for students with disabilities or those learning English.<p>School superintendents worry the formu Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:23:27 +0000 John O'Connor 19022 at http://blog.wlrn.org The School At The Heart Of Bennett Controversy: The Philanthropy And Philosophy Of Christel DeHaan http://blog.wlrn.org/post/school-heart-bennett-controversy-philanthropy-and-philosophy-christel-dehaan <p><strong>Editor's Note:&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;<em>On Monday, the Associated Press&nbsp;</em></span><em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/tony-bennett-indiana_n_3672196.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">published emails from 2012</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-heig Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:24:55 +0000 State Impact Indiana & State Impact Florida 18355 at http://blog.wlrn.org The School At The Heart Of Bennett Controversy: The Philanthropy And Philosophy Of Christel DeHaan A Look At The Indiana Charter School At The Center Of Tony Bennett's Resignation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/look-indiana-charter-school-center-tony-bennetts-resignation Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is expected to resign today after the Associated Press published emails this week showing he and staff worked to change the state&#8217;s grading system in 2012, which boosted a charter school&#8217;s grade.<p>While we&#8217;re waiting for a press conference later this morning, here&#8217;s a link to a story our colleagues at <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/indiana/2011/07/15/can-charter-schools-boost-test-scores-for-low-income-kids-2/">StateImpact Indiana did on Christel House Academy</a>, a charter school which went to a &#8216;A&#8217; from a Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:12:57 +0000 John O'Connor 18349 at http://blog.wlrn.org Which Districts Have The Most 'Safety Net' Schools? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/which-districts-have-most-safety-net-schools Last week, 549 Florida schools earned a letter grade higher they they would have based on the state formula alone <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/07/16/state-board-of-education-approves-school-grade-safety-net/">thanks to a State Board of Education-approved &#8220;safety net.&#8221;</a><p>That&#8217;s because no school grade could drop by more than one letter grade this year. School superintendents asked for the protection because more than 30 factor in the formula have changed the past two years.<p>Early district projects showed a significant decline in school grades. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:38:42 +0000 John O'Connor 18242 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-s-school-grading-system-remains-flawed-parent-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:35:31 +0000 Carolina Garcia 17117 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says