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Lawmakers Want School Grades Review

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Recent controversy over Indiana's school grading led Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long to announce plans today to refer the A-to-F assessment process to an independent task force for review. They've named John Grew, Executive Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, and Bill Sheldrake, President and founder of Policy Analytics, to lead the audit, and asked them to complete their work by Labor Day (September 2)
The lawmakers say Grew and Sheldrake will be charged with:
·         Evaluating the previous A-F assessment tool;
·         Determining its validity;
·         Ascertaining the fairness of previous grades given to schools;
·         Determining whether manipulations of the system occurred; and
·         Making recommendations to the State Board of Education and/or the General Assembly as to what next steps may be appropriate.
“The most important thing we can do moving forward is to have an independent and fair assessment of the A-F school grading process. This will help ensure that everyone, from our schools and teachers to our parents and students, can have their confidence restored in this past year's outcomes,” Sen. Long said. “Bill Sheldrake and John Grew are highly respected policy leaders who should have the confidence of Hoosiers everywhere.”
House Enrolled Act 1427 from the 2013 session required the State Board of Education to revise the A-F metric and to base it on growth and achievement.  This revision is to be completed by November 15, 2013.
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