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# What is the school grading scale?

I wonder what the school grading scale is and how it works. What does it take for a school to score an A or any other grade? How many grades are there? I find this difficult to understand because I don’t know whether schools are graded the same way as learners are. I wish to understand what was taken into consideration to grade my school. Which is the preferred school grader system? Are the Broward school grades applied anywhere in this grading process? I hope you can help me understand how it all works.

Annie Barnes

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Tara Andrews on July 30, 2018

The first answer to your questions is yes, the scale for grading schools is the same as that used to grade individual learners. The grades involved are A, B, C, D and F. You can find out more details on how this system works from the website of A Florida Promise. Below is a summary of what is involved.
Schools are graded based on the performance of FCAT scores in reading, writing, math, and science.

Half of the scores are based on performance, while the other half on progress. Performance is measured on all 4 subjects, each on a scale of 100. This means a maximum of 400 marks can be scored. Progress is divided into two parts. The first is the measure of all the students who improved their performance. This is measured only on the first 2 subjects, for a possible high score of 200. The next is the lowest performing students who improved in the same 2 subjects. Again the highest score possible is 200. So the overall highest possible score is 800.

The scale then runs as follows. To get a score of A, the school must score 525 points or more. For a B, the points are 495-524. For a C the points are 435-494. While for a D, the points are 395-434. Any score below that constitutes an F, denoting failure. Now you know how they graded your school.
This is the same system used for Broward school grading. When you look at their grades, you will notice from the site that a school like Atlantic West has shown a consistent decline in scores from A in 2007 to C in 2017. Another one like Beachside Montessori village has shown a consistent score of A throughout. This may be attributed to low progress scores in the former school and consistent progress scores in the latter school. It can also mean that the overall performance of the first school is going down, while that of the second school remains the same.

As noted above, school grading is not just about the how the school scores in exams, but how the learners improve. This is the main difference with individual grade awards to learners since only the performance level is measured for the individual learner. Your school score, therefore, depends on performance and improvement.

Karen Wright9 months ago

This is the simplest possible way of explaining the school grading scale. It is a very fair scale in that schools should not just show consistency in performance, but also an improvement. Where only the performance of schools is considered, the welfare of learners, especially the low performers, tends to be ignored. On the contrary, when only improvement is considered, then the effort made by the learners is not considered. Consequently, a balance is maintained through this scale, which is important for both considerations. What is not clear is the fairness of the improvement measurement of the students considered as the lowest performing. Though every school has its share of low performers, some have more room for improvement than others. This makes the scale unfair to high performing schools since such students can only make little improvements. The schools with a wide margin between high and low performers can improve more.