Panel Backs A-to-F Grading Bill for Va. Schools

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Virginia public schools will get the same kind of report cards their students take home if legislation endorsed Wednesday by a House of Delegates committee becomes law.

The Education Committee voted 14-6 to send to the House floor a bill directing the state Board of Education to develop a system of grading public schools on an A to F scale, a bill backed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. The bill is one of the major components of the Republican governor's education reform package that has been making its way through the General Assembly.

Del. Thomas A. "Tag" Greason, R-Loudon and sponsor of the bill, said public schools already are graded but are given labels like "accredited" or "accredited with warning" that many parents don't fully comprehend.

"This simply translates it into words parents will understand in an attempt to get them more engaged in the process," Greason said.

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