- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s public schools may not get letter grades this year from the state.

Schools get annual letter grades based on things like student performance and improvement on the annual state assessment, bilingual kids’ improvement in English and on the schools’ graduation rate.

The Arizona State Board of Education approved a plan recently to allow schools to add student scores on tests like the ACT into the grading formula.

Education leaders say adding the state’s new AzMERIT scores to the mix is too much, especially because teacher merit pay is based on the grades at some schools.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1IxYFpm) that the head of the Arizona Senate Education Committee and the Education Board have proposed suspending school letter grades until possible problems with the new test are worked out.



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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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