school grades http://wlrn.org en More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch http://wlrn.org/post/more-schools-earn-failing-grades-florida-prepares-common-core-switch <div id="attachment_22381" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 277px;"><a class="fancybox" title="The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/07/7-11-LetterA.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22381" alt="The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/07/7-11-LetterA-277x300.jpg" width="277" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credi Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:11:03 +0000 John O'Connor 35496 at http://wlrn.org More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges http://wlrn.org/post/former-florida-education-commissioner-settles-indiana-ethics-charges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, </span><a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/2014/07/09/tony-bennett-accepts-fine-ethics-settlement/12439041/" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:47:04 +0000 John O'Connor 35360 at http://wlrn.org Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges New Florida Education Laws Change Veteran Tuition, Grades For Schools http://wlrn.org/post/new-florida-education-laws-change-veteran-tuition-grades-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities starting Tuesday, one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year.</span></p><p>The Florida GI bill means any veteran living in the Sunshine State only has to pay in-state tuition. That tuition is typically one-third the cost of out-of-state rates.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:28 +0000 John O'Connor 34670 at http://wlrn.org New Florida Education Laws Change Veteran Tuition, Grades For Schools Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School's Grade Appeal http://wlrn.org/post/follow-state-rejects-miami-jackson-high-schools-grade-appeal <div id="attachment_21604" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/03/3-11-LetterB.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-21604" alt="Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/03/3-11-LetterB-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" / Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:50:24 +0000 John O'Connor 29031 at http://wlrn.org Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School's Grade Appeal Explaining The Proposed Changes To Florida's School Grading Formula http://wlrn.org/post/explaining-proposed-changes-floridas-school-grading-formula <div id="attachment_19647" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended changes to the school grading formula." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/07/7-26-ReportCard.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-19647" alt="Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended changes to the school grading formula." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/07/7-26-ReportCard-300x300.jpg" width="300" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credit">marsmet tallahassee<p><p class="w Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:21:15 +0000 John O'Connor 27870 at http://wlrn.org Explaining The Proposed Changes To Florida's School Grading Formula Why Miami Jackson Senior High School Wants Its 'A' http://wlrn.org/post/why-miami-jackson-senior-high-school-wants-its <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Florida’s A-through-F system for school grades has been fraught with controversy.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:38:07 +0000 Sammy Mack 26686 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami Jackson Senior High School Wants Its 'A' More Florida High Schools Earn A, F Grades http://wlrn.org/post/more-florida-high-schools-earn-f-grades <p>Nearly half of Florida high schools -- 48 percent -- earned an A grade on the state's report card, according to a report Florida Department of Education released Wednesday.<br /><br />That's up from 31 percent of high schools earning a top grade two years ago. More than 80 percent of Florida high schools earned an A or B grade. No Miami-Dade or Broward County schools earned Fs.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:40:55 +0000 John O'Connor 25319 at http://wlrn.org More Florida High Schools Earn A, F Grades What To Watch At This Week's Education Summit http://wlrn.org/post/what-watch-weeks-education-summit <div id="attachment_19976" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Gov. Rick Scott has called a three-day education summit in Clearwater, starting today. Will Scott stake out new positions on Common Core, testing, school grades or teacher evaluations?" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/08/8-26-RickScottOysters.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-19976" alt="Gov. Rick Scott has called a three-day education summit in Clearwater, starting today. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:59:03 +0000 John O'Connor 19603 at http://wlrn.org What To Watch At This Week's Education Summit The Sunshine Economy: Superintendents Have Little Faith In School Grades http://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://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Superintendents Have Little Faith In School Grades Classroom Contemplations: Why Teachers Leave The Classroom http://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://wlrn.org Tony Bennett's Last-Minute School Grade Changes Benefited 165 Indiana Schools http://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://wlrn.org What A School Grade Means To Parents http://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://wlrn.org Is Florida's School Grading System Too Complicated? http://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://wlrn.org Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett Resigns http://wlrn.org/post/florida-education-commissioner-tony-bennett-resigns <p></p><p><strong>Update 2:24 p.m.:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 0.25in;">Florida is looking for a new education commissioner. Tony Bennett resigned today</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 0.25in;">&nbsp;– effective immediately – after just six months on the job.</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:32:46 +0000 Sammy Mack & Gina Jordan & John O'Connor 18348 at http://wlrn.org Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett Resigns The School At The Heart Of Bennett Controversy: The Philanthropy And Philosophy Of Christel DeHaan http://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://wlrn.org The School At The Heart Of Bennett Controversy: The Philanthropy And Philosophy Of Christel DeHaan