UPDATED below at 5:17pm CDT
The Florida DOE released school grades today, and its been a long day of embarrassing revelations for the Florida governor and school reform advocates in the state. It was revealed this morning that a charter school which received praise from both Scott and reform rock start Michelle Rhee also received an “F”. A highly critical review of Jeb Bush’s ed foundation’s presentation was also made public.
UPDATE: From the Florida-Times Union:
A charter school that opened this year with high expectations and wealthy, powerful backers scored at the bottom of all schools in all of Northeast Florida in School Grade score.
KIPP Impact Middle, a college preparatory school, earned an F in its opening year.
“We’re disappointed,” Principal Robert Hawke said. “We fell pretty far short of where we wanted to be.”
Hawke said the school needs to improve how it measures individual students’ understanding of material in the beginning of the school year. And then, Hawke said, the school needs to perform deeper assessments of how each student is progressing during the year.
The school opened this past school year with about 90 fifth-graders. It will add another 90 fifth-graders in the next school year and grow a sixth-grade class. The school lost a handful of students during the school year.