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State ed board approves A-F system for schools

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education on Wednesday conceptually approved a new A-F grading system for schools that is light on details and has no data analysis behind it.

The group was required by law to adopt revamped accountability categories for school grades by Friday.

The new model uses a 100-point scale to replace the GPA-style current scale. It also establishes grade breaks at 90, 80, 70, 60 and 50.

The more substantive changes, though, involve how test scores and other possible indictors are weighted to calculate the grade.

Further changes will be made to these metrics when Indiana testing data is applied to see how the proposed new model functions. Formal rule-making won’t occur until next year sometime.

State lawmakers – buoyed by nearly-universal criticism – mandated the change earlier this year because the current A-F system focuses too much on comparing student scores with peers and not enough on student growth.

The new model could go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.

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