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Board of Education to meet in Orlando; will consider simplifying school grading

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Updated: 2/18 10:10 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- The controversial common core standards will be up for discussion in Orange Countyon Tuesday.

The common core standards set benchmarks for what students should learn in language arts and math.

Common core standards have never been without controversy. The new student performance plan has drawn complaints since Floridians were introduced to the term common core.

Now, Florida is about to adopt their own version of the performance standards, and several parents groups are not happy.

Some parents claim the cost to taxpayers could skyrocket and there are no good estimates of what Florida standards would mean to the bottom line in local districts.

The biggest complaint from those parents is that the Florida State Board of Education is simply repackaging federal guidelines without enough input from teachers and parents around the state.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has proposed a plan to remove items that automatically cause a school's grade to drop. The plan also eliminates SAT scores and certain graduation rates from the complex formula used to evaluate high schools.

Nearly half of Florida's high schools received an A grade for the past school year, amid an ongoing debate over the accuracy and complexity of the grading formula.

The grades for high schools are based on test scores, graduation rates and college readiness. Schools receive points based on how many students take college-level courses and how they score on tests such as the SAT.

Tuesday morning, the Board of Education will meet in Orlando to adopt the new "Florida-specific rules" and some opponents have vowed to be outside the meeting to voice their complaints.

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