0070006-eseawfaq.doc - Frequently Asked Questions about School Grade Modifications and the ESEA Waiver 1 Why are there so many changes and why are they

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Frequently Asked Questions about School Grade Modifications and the ESEA Waiver 1. Why are there so many changes and why are they happening so quickly? A. Florida was one of the first states in the country to begin grading schools based on student achievement. As our expectations of what students should be learning during their years in school evolved along with our ability to evaluate performance, Florida continued to raise the bar to ensure that our students get the best education. Changes included moving from Sunshine State Standards and the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and FCAT 2.0. In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law, renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that provides funding for K-12 education. No Child Left Behind established national educational standards. Having to comply with two separate school accountability systems with different standards and timelines has resulted in duplication and confusion. Florida has been granted an ESEA flexibility waiver so we can have a single accountability system tailored to our state. Transitioning from two systems to one poses short term challenges and deadlines, but should mean a more efficient system over the long term and, most importantly, higher-quality education for all of our students.
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