INDIANAPOLIS - The State Board of Education released "A-F" school grades for the 2012-2013 school year four months after a grade change scandal sparked a review of the grading system.
Schools are graded based on a series of factors including test scores, graduation rates and other performance measurements. The grades have become increasingly important factors recently in determining teacher pay, school funding and possible state takeover.
Former Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett resigned his job as Florida schools chief in August after The Associated Press published emails showing he altered Indiana's school grading formula to benefit a donor's charter school.
The new grades were calculated using the Bennett model, but education leaders are developing a new formula.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said under the new grading system for the next school year, there won’t be as many fluctuations in school performance grades.
"Not only will schools be able to have a final grade, but it will reflect two separate components which now we do not separate out," Ritz said. "So schools will get 100 points towards performance of their ISTEP and their assessment pieces and what other indicators we have in there."
The next issue at hand seems to be the battle brewing over the Common Core standards. The Board should make a decision by summer on whether to reverse the Common Core standards that were adopted unanimously in 2010.