Florida Can’t Get ESSA Accountability Approved

3rd Submission still fails the requirements

Florida officials have made yet another attempt to win approval for their federal education accountability plan, submitting revisions on both June 6 — a day after receiving a negative status update — and again Aug. 24 after the June proposal was not approved.

The key point of contention, according to a cover letter from Gov. Rick Scott, has not been the concerns over learning requirements for English language learners, as some civil rights advocates repeatedly have hammered to improve.

Related coverage: Civil rights groups urge U.S. Education Secretary DeVos to reject Florida’s latest accountability plan 

Rather, Scott noted, the state Department of Education has worked “extensively” with its federal counterpart in the area of Florida’s “acceleration measures.”

The state has sought to exempt students from grade level math exams in high school if they successfully completed the courses in middle school. It has provided data indicating that those students continue to perform well in advanced levels of math, and stated it does not want to change its model.  More…https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/09/12/whats-the-holdup-with-floridas-federal-essa-accountability-plan/

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