Grading schools

Patrick Gibbons

Indiana will now grade schools A-F based on student achievement on the state’s exams. Tennessee and Florida also grade schools A-F.

Supporters of the status-quo hate this concept because there is no way to fudge what “F” means – it means you FAIL. Opponents of meaningful grading scales prefer vague terms like “Needs Improvement” to hide the fact that the school might actually stink.

NPRI has suggested to the state legislature that a grading scale of A-F based on student achievement (particularly value-added assessment) can provide a more accurate accounting of how well, or poorly, our schools actually perform. Parents and students deserve to know the quality of their local public school.