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State Officials Tentatively Agree On New A-F Accountability System

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The new calculation would include how schools fair with chronic absenteeism and how well students learn English as a new language.

State education officials have tentatively agreed on a new A-to-F accountability system for schools, with the federal government getting the final say.

Indiana is required to submit a new federal education plan this year as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

Part of the measure includes a new A-to-F accountability system for schools. State Board of Education members recently agreed to major changes in how those grades would be calculated.

The new calculation would include how schools fair with chronic absenteeism and how well students learn English as a new language.

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says the plan has been tweaked after federal education officials criticized plans submitted by other states.

“It is Indiana’s plan. So we are not trying to play a game,” McCormick says. “But you have to get it through. And we want to do that in a way that will still represent Indiana.”

Governor Eric Holcomb will review the plan later this month before it goes to the U.S. Education Department.

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