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Criticism Mounts From States That Have Adopted A–F Accountability Grading System

In light of the recent push by Texas legislators, business leaders and the governor to move the Texas accountability rating system to an A–F grading scale, we have compiled several news articles and a research report from the Oklahoma Center for Education Policy on the A-F grading system.

According to the report titled An Examination of the Oklahoma State Department of Education's A–F Report, using the A–F grading system has fallen short of providing a clear and credible picture of individual school performance. The effort to report school quality using the familiar letter grade, while laudable, has fallen short of its goal.

As stated in the Executive Summary, "Although achievement data are obviously important for assessing schools, an accountability grade based almost exclusively on test scores does not account for numerous critical factors that contribute to school performance." Read the full report.

News Articles on the A–F Grading System:

Maine: A–F grading system faces criticism (Feb. 6, 2013)

Indiana: Committee votes to ditch A–F grading system (Feb. 21, 2013)

New Mexico: Dems Pushing A–F Grading System Revamp (Feb. 28, 2013)

Virginia: Superintendents Question Need for A–F School Grading System (Feb. 12, 2013)