A-F Grades

Here are the A-F grades Indiana schools would have received if lawmakers had not passed a “hold harmless” exemption.
Two top Indiana lawmakers are saying schools should be allowed to use old state-issued A-F grades to avoid delaying teacher bonuses.
A state committee is recommending lawmakers change how Indiana grades high schools and is calling on the General Assembly to review how it calculates graduation rates.
In an effort to reign in how the state rewards student improvement on its standardized exam, the board initially approved a cap on so-called growth scores.
High schools in Indiana may soon be rated on what their students do after graduation — instead of just on how many of them pass state tests and earn a diploma.
With fresh urgency, State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick renewed her call for reforming how Indiana grades schools.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is calling on legislators to take action to protect teachers from being negatively affected by 2019 ILEARN scores.
Indianapolis Public Schools stands to be one of the districts most affected by the bill if it passes into law.
Rep. Bob Behning, chairman of the committee, said the bill was intended to give the Indiana State Board of Education more leeway in designing the school rating system.
Compared to 2016, almost 25 percent of schools improved by one or more letter grades, and about 23 percent saw grades drop.
Grades based on 2017 ISTEP tests that are set to come out next month, which schools have already seen, are not part of this change.
The proposal would give schools a second A-F grade based just on the scores of students who have attended for at least a year.
Although for individual schools, poor grades can bring consequences such as state intervention or takeover, for districts, there are no sanctions.
The days when the state would take over failing Indianapolis Public Schools appear to be over — at least for the foreseeable future. That’s the impression that IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee gave today as he responded to the latest round of A-F grades released by the state. Eleven of the 68 schools in IPS received
The Indiana State Board of Education released 2016 A-F school grades at its meeting today.
This is one of two stories summarizing the basics facts about Indiana’s two major party candidates for state superintendent. A more detailed story about Glenda Ritz’s policy positions can be found here. To learn more about Jennifer McCormick, go here. To see all of Chalkbeat’s “basics” stories, go here. To read all
The letter was released today by the Indiana Urban Schools Association and was signed by superintendents across the state.
Ultimately, the state will have to choose just one to use in its new A-F letter grade system, but for now, all are under consideration, state education officials say.
The board also approved new science standards and nominated a board member to sit on state testing panel.
The Indiana State Board of Education is expected to consider two proposals Wednesday to refine its new A-F grade system.
Board members today said they were worried about computer glitches after a few statewide “stress tests.”
The State Board of Education is also expected to address the performance of state takeover schools.
Just 6 percent of schools improved from 2014, compared to 30 percent that improved from 2013 to 2014.
Few schools across the state saw their grades change from 2014.
Recently passed legislation wouldn’t have protected the three schools from further state consequences.
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