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Why One Indiana District's Frustrated With The New A-F School Letter Grades

Monroe County Community School Corporation superintendent Judy DeMuth addresses a gathering in Bloomington in 2011.

A disagreement over how to count one student could make a big difference for one school in Monroe County Community Schools, that district’s superintendent says. Judy DeMuth says MCCSC administrators have filed an appeal with Indiana Department of Education officials over the preliminary A-F letter grade they gave a Bloomington school (she can’t say which […]

Opponents Of Sped-Up School Takeover Timeline Let State Officials Have It

Opponents of a rule that could put 105 schools in jeopardy for state intervention or takeover next year voiced their displeasure Tuesday at a public meeting in Indianapolis before the state executive panel behind the proposed change. One member of the Indiana Board of Education was present at the hearing for a proposed rule to […]

State Expects All Indiana Schools To Earn A's By 2020

Indiana education officials have dropped ambitious federal goals for student performance spelled out under No Child Left Behind. In their place, the state’s adopting what it calls an “ambitious and achievable” goal of its own: Every Indiana school must earn a state letter grade of an A — or failing that, improve two letter grades […]

In Smaller Schools, State Letter Grades See Big Swings Year-To-Year

Several North White School Corporation schools received an A for the last two years in spite of a series of teacher layoffs and school closures.

Out of the 94 schools in Indiana with fewer than 200 students, eight saw a complete reversal of their letter grade from either A to F or F to A.  24 saw a shift of at least three letter grades– for example, from a B to an F. How useful are those results? We spoke […]

The Prime Function Of School Letter Grades: Conversation Starter

This year, 244 Indiana schools received the same rating as they did last year. This year, though, the ratings look and sound different — what were “Academic Progress” ratings in 2010 are equivalent to C’s under the 2011 system. The formula for determining the rating didn’t change, but Jon Gubera, the Indiana Department of Education’s chief […]

'AYP Cap' Lowered State Letter Grades Of 300+ Indiana Schools

State superintendent Tony Bennett announced this week the Indiana Department of Education no longer wants to cap a school’s letter grade at a C if it fails to make adequate progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The change would require State Board of Education approval. That announcement comes too late for 319 […]

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