A-F School Assessment Getting Own Evaluation

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September 19, 2013 — Indiana’s formal process of rewriting the State’s A-to-F school grading system is underway.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz started today’s formal review with the promise of an open, transparent process.

An Accountability System Review Panel was created through a joint agreement between Governor Mike Pence, legislative leaders and Superintendent Ritz in the wake of a grade-changing scandal involving former superintendent Tony Bennett.  The educators and school administrators on the panel must develop recommendations about a new school grading system by November 1 for the State Board of Education.

Southwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Steven Yager co-chairs the panel.  He says the group will meet every week but acknowledges there’s not a lot of time before the deadline arrives, “But the other thing we know is, we have a lot of homework in between meetings and we’re up to that task.  Looking forward to input from our members from across the state so we think we have a great team.”

Ritz says she doesn’t know which direction the panel will take when developing the new system, though state law calls for schools to receive grades on an A-to-F scale, “However, how those categories look, what are the components of the accountability system, like Steve said, we want a fair, transparent system that is easy to understand.”

Neither Ritz nor Yager would comment on the fairness and transparency of the state’s current school grading system.

Gary’s Beveridge Elementary School Principal Cheryl Ramsey, shown, and Portage Schools Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia are members of the review panel.


By Brandon Smith, IPBS


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