NewsEducation / February 4, 2016

State Board Of Education Approves 2015 School Accountability Grades

Grades approved by the board reflect changes signed into law last month. The law ensures lower ISTEP scores do not negatively impact schools during the state’s transition to more rigorous college and career ready academic standards.Glenda Ritz, ISTEP, Indiana State Board of Education, school accountability grades2016-02-04T00:00:00-05:00
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school accountability grades Wednesday.

From 2014 to 2015, schools receiving A’s remained unchanged at 46 percent, B’s went down 33 percent to 32 percent, C’s unchanged at 19 percent, D’s dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent, and F’s unchanged at 0 percent.

Grades approved by the board reflect changes signed into law last month. The law ensures lower ISTEP scores do not negatively impact schools during the state’s transition to more rigorous college and career ready academic standards.

“I am pleased to release school corporation accountability grades today which do not penalize schools and communities for this challenging transition,” Glenda Ritz, superintendent for public instruction said in a statement. “Hoosier students, educators and families have my gratitude for their dedication and hard work over the past year.”

The board also voted to establish quality review teams to visit schools that received a fourth consecutive “F” accountability grade for the 2014-15 school year and hold public hearings at schools receiving a fifth “F” grade, as required by law.

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