school grading system

Two outside policy analysts have concluded former State Superintendent Tony Bennett’s last-minute changes to the state’s A-F grading formula were “plausible.” You can read the full report HERE.

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) commissioned the report amid controversy the former state superintendent had boosted the school letter grade of a favorite Indianapolis charter school.

Pence still wants A-F grades for schools this year

Aug 16, 2013

Governor Mike Pence says schools should still receive state letter grades this year, despite questions about how Indiana’s ex-schools chief calculated last year’s A-through-F ratings.

Pence’s comments to reporters Thursday comes as state officials work to re-write the Indiana’s system for grading schools based on their test scores.  The A-F formula came under fire months before the release of emails from former state superintendent Tony Bennett’s time in office raised fundamental questions about how his staff calculated last year’s grades.

IN school letter grades delayed

Aug 8, 2013

Indiana education officials will not issue letter grade ratings for schools this year until they complete a probe of how last year’s grades were calculated.  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the investigation of her predecessor’s administration could cause “great delays” in the release of the A-through-F ratings.

Department of Education officials have opened an internal inquiry into how former state superintendent Tony Bennett tweaked the state’s school grading formula, boosting a favorite Indianapolis charter school’s grade from a C to an A. 

Indiana lawmakers want to throw out the state’s current A to F school accountability system and direct the State Board of Education to develop a new one. 

Members of both parties are uniting behind a single message – the current school accountability system doesn’t make sense.  But some are split on what the new system should look like. 

Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) says, while the current system is impossible to understand and explain, he wants to retain the A to F framework.