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Lawmakers Meet To Discuss State’s School Grading Scale

Trying to get lawmakers to support the new ways state education officials are measuring student and teacher performance, State School Superintendent Tony Bennett joined others from the department in explaining the new A-to-F school grading system to a summer study committee of state lawmakers.

The Select Commission on Education held the first of five meetings Tuesday to hear from those who support and oppose the new metrics. Bennett touted the academic progress Indiana schools have made and urged lawmakers not to “waiver” as they seek new ways to measure performance growth in schools.

“We have had the critical dialogue,” he said. “We are getting the big ideas right. We are communicating every day and keeping the communication of those big ideas on the forefront, and we are willing to adapt as we see those new best practices emerge.”

While the first meeting covered only the school grading system, future meetings will cover the state‘s new teacher evaluation system.

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