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Fla. Senate backs timeout on school grades

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's school grading system would be paused for a year under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.

The Senate voted unanimously Friday for the bill (SB 1642) that overhauls the state's A-to-F school grading system. The legislation backed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

The move is being made as the state transitions to a new test replacing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

But a key portion of the bill would ensure that schools wouldn't receive any sanctions or penalties as a result of school grades issued in 2015. That's because the state plans to use the first year of the new test as a baseline to measure schools.

School superintendents had suggested a three-year pause on the grading system.

The House has yet to vote on the bill.

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