A local education group is pushing for CHANGE in the way schools around the state are graded. The Jacksonville Publics Education Fund says the current system is 15 years old and out- of-date. They are recommending spreading grade ranges more evenly .. holding schools accountable the same way teachers and principals are held accountable. They also say measuring academic growth should be stressed INSTEAD of test scores. Channel 4's Kumasi Aaron spoke with the education group, as well as school superintendents and parents, she joins us live, Kumasi? 3 3 JPEF says schools should earn points for helping struggling students grow.He says those students are often low income and start below level but make big gains over the school year. Parents here at Livingston Elementary, where nearly all students are on free or reduced lunch agree with the idea, but not everyone is sold. 3 00-1011-1740-471'09- 1'116SHANITA BROWN/PARENT 03:32:13-27 Just because T 03:32:13-27 BROWN/PAREN T 03:32:13-27 Just because she's not reading at the level that another school may be reading at but the growth that's she's getting and the impact that the school has been putting in the principals the teachers she has been learning.The Jacksonville Public Education Fund or JPEF says that growth should have more of an impact on the grade a school gets from the state. Right now growth is weighed equally with proficiency, or passing state tests.JPEF president Trey Csar, adding more weight to student grow could make a big difference. TREY CSAR/JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUND 03:18:30-44 A growth measure allows you to get credit if you will for the progress you make with a student and so if you 37 if over a 10 month school year you make 18 months worth of progress with that kid you are a rock star regardless of where they entered.Csar says it a change can make an even bigger impact in schools that serve low income students, like Livingston Elementary.He says its easier for those schools to make gains in growth measures than in proficiency measures.Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr.Nikolai Vitti.DR. NICOLAI VITTI/DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03:21:11-22 I think growth is a more accurate reflection of the good work that's happening in our schools rather than proficiency which often times is more an outcome of socio economic background.In St. Johns County, Superintendent Dr.Joseph Joyner believes there should be a balance between proficiency and growth, but one should not outweigh the other.DR. JOSEPH JOYNER/ST.JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03:35:44-53 You have to look at proficiency because you have to have in my mind a bar to achieve and so I believe that's the reason proficiency is there. 3 JPEF says they intentionally did not release a new grading formula, they just hope this will start a conversation. Their recommendations are just one set the Florida Department of Education is considering. 3 Did the group say why they released the recommendations now?KUMASI ANSWER: They said this is the opportune moment. The state is planning to launch a new series of state tests next year.So they felt like this was they best time.