Schools that received A’s in Florida’s latest round of school grades while serving large proportions of disadvantaged students tend to share at least one of two features in common: Either they’re charter schools, or they’re located in Miami-Dade County.
The state Department of Education released letter grades this morning based on public schools’ achievement in the 2014-15 school year.
Because this is the first round of scores based on new state assessments, and there isn’t enough data to calculate learning gains, the A-F ratings released this morning are considered a baseline for future years.
Some schools that serve large numbers of low-income students saw their grades fall. Those schools tend to earn higher marks for learning gains, which measure student progress from one year to the next, than they do for student proficiency. Continue Reading →