STATEHOUSE—The Select Commission on Education met for the first time Tuesday to evaluate the new A-F school labeling methodologies. Co-Chairman of the Commission, Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) was present to hear testimony from Superintendent Bennett and other Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) leaders on the new A-F Model.
“For the past two school years, the A-F school labeling system has been in place and this school year the new measures used for labeling a school were implemented. This almost two year marker serves as a great time for us to review the A-F categories and the new matrices used for school designations,” said Rep. Behning. “We must make certain that the new categories are leading to more positive academic outcomes for students.”
The State Board of Education, starting with the 2010-11 academic year, changed the labels for school categories based on student performance from the terms Exemplary, Commendable, Academic Progress, Academic Watch and Academic Probation to easy-to-understand letter grades (A, B, C, D and F). Beginning with the 2011-12 academic year, the State Board of Education adopted the use of a new methodology for determining a school or corporation's grade, A-F.
“The intention of the A-F model is to hold schools more accountable and to give parents a more accurate reading of their student’s school performance,” said Rep. Behning. “Through the new model we see that we have a better understanding of a school’s academic standing and that accountability is working and Indiana schools are improving.”
The new A-F model holds schools and corporations to higher standards and provides a more accurate picture of their performance by incorporating student academic growth and graduation rates, as well as college and career readiness, as measures of success according to the IDOE.
“The new A-F Model is yet another tool we can utilize to provide all students with access to high-quality educational opportunities,” said Rep. Behning. “We must continue to address school accountability and ensure that no students spend their entire academic career in failing schools.”
To learn more about the A-F model, visit: http://www.doe.in.gov/improvement/accountability/f-accountability