- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana education officials are considering changing the state’s school grading system.

The Indiana State Board of Education is considering giving student proficiency more significance than student growth when grading school performance, The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/2tnlFVD ) reported.

Board members said they think it’s more important to know how students are performing on grade level.

“I think we reached some consensus on some core values,” said board member David Freitas. “Proficiency is more important than growth.”

Last year, the board implemented a new grading system that measured student improvement and standardized test performance equally.

The board is reevaluating the grading system as part of the state’s effort to create a plan for a new federal education policy called the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The law requires states to submit detailed plans for how they’ll measure school performance, improve struggling schools and how schools will be graded.

The Indiana Department of Education collected public feedback in drafting the state’s ESSA plan. The department found that the public is in favor of rewarding growth and support making growth and performance equal, said Cynthia Roach, director of accountability and assessment for the board.

The state will also consider things beyond academic performance to measure school quality such as attendance and climate.

The grades are important for schools because multiple years of poor grades can lead to state intervention.

The board is expected to revisit the issue in August.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com


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