New Ind. school grading plan goes to panel Friday

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS A revamped formula for grading Indiana's schools goes before the State Board of Education on Friday as education leaders try to decide again on the best way to rate them.

The formula approved Thursday by a bipartisan panel would grade schools on a 100-point scale based in part on how their students perform on standardized tests year-to-year. It also would expand testing to first and second grades.

The (Munster) Times reports it's not clear whether the Republican-controlled state board will adopt the new formula or reject it. Daniel Elsener, who's engaged in a power struggle with Ritz over control of the board, has said he's inclined to stick with the grading formula put in place by former Superintendent Tony Bennett despite a legislative mandate that it be replaced.

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