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What Florida's School Grades Measure, And What They Don't

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You might note that Florida also awards teacher bonuses based upon FCAT scores. The teachers in the wealthiest districts almost always get annual bonuses (originally $1000, now less); teachers in the poorest districts almost never get them.

Dear Mr. DiCarlo, Thank you so much for proving scientifically what those of us working in Title One schools sensed from anecdotal observation. It is no accident that none of the schools that service students from family above the 50% percentile in wealth are graded "F" while the lowest 25% have 2/3 of the F and D schools and only a about 11% of the A schools. It may also explain why there has been relatively little protest against the system. Those most adversely affected belong to the poor and minorities who are often politically marginalized while the middle and upper classes have even been favored (through school bonuses) by the system.

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