On the Beat in Bluffton

Thursday, November 14, 2013

State Board approves new grading outline before "circus"

The Indiana Board of Education, which approves standards and assessments for Indiana's public school children, met Wednesday to discuss the school grading system.

However, after approving a new outline to grade schools, board members started arguing with the chair, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, about assessments, and Ritz abruptly stopped the meeting and left.

She said that the law requires her Department of Education to review assessments, but the motion a board member proposed transferred that power to a new office created by Gov. Mike Pence.

To see the breakdown, click here and watch the bottom video, or "Part 3." It will take a while to load the entire video, but go to the 74:50 mark.

Board members, however, did approve an outline for new grading system, and the chart below illustrates what variables could influence school grades — and which variables were rejected before Wednesday's meeting. Learn more in the Thursday, Nov. 14, News-Banner.

Click on the image for a larger resolution. ELA stands for "English language arts," and CCR stands for "College and Career Readiness."

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