New A-F grading criteria for schools approved by state 

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The State of Indiana has given the final approval to the new A-F accountability rule for schools.

The new rule will base the grade rating for schools on performance and growth weighed equally. Performance and growth will be weighed 50/50 in grades 3-8 and 20/20 in high schools. High schools have 60 percent of their grades based on graduation rate, performance on graduation qualifying exams and students passing AP tests.

‘This new A-F rule represents nearly two years of work led by Gov. Mike Pence, Superintendent Glenda Ritz and educators across the state,” said Sarah O’Brien, 4th grade teacher at River Birch Elementary school in Avon and vice chair of the State Board of Education. “It marks a major change in the way the state calculates school grades by giving equal weight to student performance and growth, a change many teachers and administrators across the state strongly supported.”

The Indiana State Board of Education approved the rule language in May by a vote of 8-1.

Currently, performance is mostly based on ISTEP+ testing and bonus points for student growth.

The board’s new rule is set to put more emphasis on improvement of students, rather than achievements.

The new rule will be used in the upcoming school year for calculating school accountability grades and those grades will be released after the 2015-16 school year.

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