Indiana Panel OKs Overhaul of School Grading System

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Sweeping changes to Indiana's A-to-F ranking standards for public schools have been approved despite complaints that the new rules are too complex for schools and parents to understand.

The State Board of Education voted 6-2 Wednesday for the changes. The overhaul means the grading scale for Indiana's schools will now be attached to a new evaluation system that gives schools more credit when students' test scores grow faster than their peers, The Indianapolis Star reported (http://indy.st/zUzx0k).

The changes also add new measures to gauge how well schools prepare students for college and careers.

A wide spectrum of educators and education-focused groups opposed the rules, however, calling them too complex. They also said one growth measure was potentially unfair to schools.

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