School officials across Florida can breathe at least a small sigh of relief after the State Board of Education narrowly agreed Tuesday to add a last-minute rule that would keepschool grades from falling more than one letter a year.
The stop-gap measure, suggested by superintendents worried about "significant" drops in the all-important A-to-F school grades, in practice would be a continuation of the rule put in place last year to prop up the annual ratings.
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The state opted Tuesday to continue a temporary fix that would prop up school grades. The fix is in response to superintendents’ concerns that a slew of recent changes will cause a severe drop in school grades. State Board of Education members and others have also begun to question the validity of the entire school grading system.