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Senator Pulls Bill To Eliminate A-F School Grading System

Sen. Carlin Yoder wanted to work with a House bill, but that bill failed to pass.

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A list of schools shows the state letter grade they received last year.

Two bills addressing the state’s A-F school accountability system have been derailed by the Indiana General Assembly.

A Senate bill throwing out the state’s school accountability system and requiring the state Board of Education to develop a new one failed to move forward when its author, State Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury), said he wanted instead to deal with a similar House bill. But the House bill then failed to pass.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says legislators will look at amending the school accountability language into another bill this session.

“Most of us are in favor of the portion of the discussion that says the state Board of Education needs to look at the school accountability factors again,” he says.

Yoder says he is hoping for more than just requiring a Board of Education review.

“I think we can do better than that, actually, and I think we can give some guidelines and give a little more focus on how they should approach it,” he says.

Yoder says that could include directing the Board to develop a school accountability system that more heavily considers growth.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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