The advent of new Florida academic standards and tests has created an opportunity for the Department of Education to revise school grading rules at the same time it sets test cut scores. Some of the changes int the proposed rule are fairly significant.
For the first time, a school’s grade would be based only on the components for which it has enough data. Instead of getting a zero for an area, that area would not be included:
“A school shall receive a grade based solely on the components for which it has sufficient data. Sufficient data exists when at least ten (10) students are eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the component. If a school has less than ten (10) eligible students with data for a particular component, that component shall not be calculated for the school.”