ERIC Number: EJ982282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Front-Line Advocacy: Making Sense of Conflicting Grades
Smith, Margaret A.
School Administrator, v69 n3 p23-29 Mar 2012
The author's community, which includes parents of the 62,000 students who attend schools in Volusia County, Florida, has been baffled over the conflicting nature of Florida's school grading system of A, B, C, D, F based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and the federal system of pass or fail. While many of the 80 schools in her district received a state grade of A, the same schools were considered failing under No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) annual yearly progress system. Even with the school district's focused communication efforts, parents and public have struggled to make sense of this dichotomy. Contributing further to the confusion of rating schools by two different standards has been Florida's high standing in elementary reading on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP)--even while a myriad of elementary schools are failing under the federal NCLB standards. Press releases from the Florida Department of Education have touted the state's success on NAEP reading scores, which have perpetuated this mixed message. Through the author's attendance at American Association of School Administrators (AASA) conferences and meetings, as well as the updated information in the legislative section of the AASA website, she has kept current on what is happening with congressional reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the U.S. Department of Education's waiver request initiative. She has found her participation in AASA's legislative advocacy conferences particularly instrumental in staying abreast of the federal issues and the urgent need for changes. She has visited congressional offices in the U.S. Capitol to provide input on desired changes in federal laws and regulations. As a Florida representative on the AASA Governing Board, she worked with the state association to push the Florida Department of Education to request the NCLB flexibility waiver.
Descriptors: Grading, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Advocacy, Pass Fail Grading, Educational Indicators, Achievement Rating, Evaluation Criteria, Interrater Reliability, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test; National Assessment of Educational Progress