Orlando Sentinel's Leslie Postal talks with FOX35 about changes to Florida school's grading system. (Video by FOX35)

Florida's first-in-the-nation -- and, lately, much-criticized -- A-to-F school grading system likely will be revised in the coming legislative session. The question is in what ways.

A bill proposed by the Senate education committee (proposed as SB 7060) advocates streamlining the grading system, in ways similar to, but not identical to, those suggested by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

That proposal takes into account the changes that must be made once Florida, as planned, retires most of the FCAT and replaces it with a new standardized test. It also looks to eliminate some elements of the current grading system -- such as a "penalty" that docks a school's grade if struggling students don't improve enough and the points for how many students do well on SAT or ACT. It would kick in next year.

The one proposed by Sen. Bill Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who also runs the state superintendent association, takes a different, more far-reaching, tack. That bill (SB 1368) seeks a three-year suspension of school grades while the state works out a new system and implements the new exams.

Montford's bill, and the House companion sponsored by Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, also seeks to modify the teacher evaluation system.

The Democrats' legislation likely will appeal to many school administrators (they've been arguing for a transition from the old system to the new that would mean no grades for a few years), but it is not clear it will go that far in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

House Speaker Will Weatherford has said that school grading will be one of the "Four Horsemen" of public education lawmakers will tackle this year. So a bill from his team is expected, too.

The Legislature convenes for its 2014 session on Tuesday, and the Senate education committee meets -- and takes up the grading bill -- that morning. Which seems a sign that fixing the grading system is a priority.