- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Forget grades.

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee early Wednesday morning voted to rate Wisconsin schools on a five-star system. Gov. Scott Walker had wanted to assign letter grades. Currently, schools are described as failing, meeting or exceeding expectations on annual report cards.

The proposal approved by the Joint Finance Committee would also call for the state to seek a waiver from the federal government to allow for schools to choose between three and five standardized tests to measure student performance.

Federal law currently requires schools to take the same test.

As Walker proposed, there would be no sanctions for schools that score poorly on the report cards.

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