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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Lawmakers had a list of items to tackle on their legislative agenda this session.
One of those being the stateâ€™s A-F accountability ranking for schools.
When grades were awarded to schools earlier in the year, the results were criticized by school leaders across the state.
In the end, the House and Senate agreed to a letter ranking based on a measurement of individual student academic performance and growth or improvement. It cannot, however, compare student performance with peers.
Although the grading scale was amended from last yearâ€™s score card, administrators are still leery of how accurate these grades will be.
â€śYou canâ€™t just take a studentâ€™s test scores and base the entire school on that,â€ť said Bruce Hansen, South Whitley Elementary Schoolâ€™s principal. â€śThere are so many great things that go on in all of our schools that wonâ€™t show up on a standardized test. Itâ€™s not fair to the teachers and the hard work they put into their classes.â€ť
Jorell Tucker, Whitkoâ€™s school board president, concurs with the idea that the stateâ€™s grading scale is inaccurate.
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