Jeb Bush's Foundation Opposes School Grade Inflation
From the TAMPA BAY TIMES, Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Times Staff Writer Jeffrey S. Solochek reports that Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future has released a letter to the Florida Board of Education decrying the continual adjustments to the school grade formula.
"In one sense, the superintendents are victims of their own success. They have become so adept at producing A’s and B’s that these grades have become something of an entitlement," foundation executive director Patricia Levesque writes. "The parents and public have grown to expect them and elected officials and superintendents are under pressure not to disappoint. This creates incentives to make school grades less about student achievement and more about ensuring a comfortable distribution of A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s.
"If we succumb to that, we politicize the grading formula, lose credibility and, worst of all, undermine a reform that is a fundamental element of Florida’s education transformation."