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Senate Bill Would Let Schools Off The Hook For A-F Accountability Grades


The Department of Education is praising efforts in Indiana’s Senate to address school accountability this session, following a rocky year for the state’s standardized testing system. A bill lawmakers released Monday would hold schools harmless for their A-F accountability grade for the 2014-15 school year.

During the 2014-15 school year, Indiana transitioned to new academic standards and a statewide ISTEP+ test that faced a number of setbacks to administration and grading.  

Senator Dennis Kruse's bill would require the State Board of Education to assign each school a grade that may not be lower than that assigned during the 2013-14 school year. 

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, who has advocated for this kind of change for months, calls Senate Bill 200, quote -- “common sense legislation that allows schools time to adjust.” 

Kruse's is the second bill addressing school accountability to come out of the Senate so far. The other, Senate Bill 4, was penned by Bloomington Democratic Senator Mark Stoops. 

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