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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

School grading system under re-evaluation

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – Education officials are considering changing Indiana's school grading system.

The Indiana State Board of Education is considering giving student proficiency more significance than student growth when grading school performance, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Board members said they think it's more important to know how students are performing on grade level.

“I think we reached some consensus on some core values,” board member David Freitas said. “Proficiency is more important than growth.”

Last year, the board implemented a grading system that measured student improvement and standardized test performance equally.

The board is re-evaluating the grading system as part of the state's effort to create a plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The law requires states to submit detailed plans for how they'll measure school performance, improve struggling schools and how schools will be graded.

The Indiana Department of Education collected public feedback in drafting the state's plan. The department found that the public is in favor of rewarding growth and support making growth and performance equal, said Cynthia Roach, director of accountability and assessment for the board.