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School grades wouldn't change much under education Commissioner Pam Stewart's proposal


After bracing for worst, Miami-Dade schools may be in for good news. 

A recently-released simulation shows state-issued school grades wouldn't change much under the accountability criteria proposed by Florida education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

Calculations run by Miami-Dade show that the state's largest district would land more As and less Fs than the state average. 

The projection "puts Miami-Dade in a very favorable position," said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

Superintendents across the state revolted this Fall against the state's plan to issue grades based on new, controversial standardized tests for students. The expectation was that grades would plummet, since student improvement from year-to-year wouldn't be counted. 

But Stewart ended up proposing a grading system that calmed some fears. That system has to be approved by the state Board of Education in January. 

"I think the commissioner, listening to the outcry from across the state, adopted a very defensible position," Carvalho said. 

Miami-Dade's calculations show that 39 percent of schools would earn an A under the proposal, compared with 35 percent across the state. Five percent of schools would receive an F, compared with six percent across the state. 

The district would also outperform other big districts such as Broward, Duval and Hillsborough when it comes to schools earning top grades.