Final Stakeholders Approve New School Grade Rules

Jul 17, 2015

The changes were approved by the Indiana State Board of Education in May, but had other hurdles to clear before implementation.
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Indiana’s new A-to-F school letter grade model was given final approval Friday when Attorney General Greg Zoeller and others signed off on its use during the 2015-16 school year.

For the past two years Governor Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz and others debated how to change the formula that calculates whether a school earns an A-to-F grade for student academics.

Current grades are based mostly on ISTEP pass rates. Now student performance and student test score improvement will be weighed equally in calculating a school’s grade.

Those two benchmarks will be used to calculate the rating for grades 3-8. But for high schools other factors, such as graduation rates, will be included.