BOE meets in Greenville, supports school grading changes

BOE meets in Greenville, supports school grading changes (Image 1)

Changes may be coming to the way public schools are graded in our state.

During Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting, staffers remained plugged in to bills making progress in Raleigh; included are changes to the state’s grading scale for schools.

The state board opposes the grading scale formula since it places major emphasis on test proficiency and not student growth.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said she supports two options tweaking the formula to a 50-50 rate or providing schools with two grades (academic growth and test scores).

“It really does show more about what are schools do for students,” Atkinson said. 

The 2013 grading system weighted the test scores at 80% of the formula and academic growth at 20%. 

“If you are a student and you’re taking math and you are taking social studies, and you average the grades together you don’t get as much information as to where you need to improve.”

When the state released the grades in February, schools showed strong opposition for the current formula and the 15-point grading scale.

Becky Taylor of the Northeastern region says right now the grades are not reflective of the school’s actual abilities.

“We have some really strong schools that did not receive the A’s or the B’s that I think they deserved.”

The Senate is currently reviewing the House’s bill. The Senate Education Committee heard it Wednesday morning

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