|School Letter Grades Release
Tomorrow, the Department will release the 2013 letter grades and school performance scores. The letter grade formula, revised for the 2012-2013 school year, seeks to raise standards while ensuring fairness for schools, students, and educators. It also is easier to understand with any score above 100 calculated as an A and any score below 50 as an F. The formula focuses on important priorities for the state and its schools by:
- Raising the academic bar to align with new standards by awarding points only for performance at basic and above
- Honoring progress among students who have not yet achieved proficiency
- Highlighting student access to two-year and four-year colleges through the Explore, Plan, and ACT
- Rewarding college success through assessments of college readiness, such as AP and IB
The school performance scores and letter grades will be released via the report cards for every school and district, formatted to show clearly how the letter grade was calculated. Report cards will be available here tomorrow afternoon.
Across our state, teachers are well into this next school year-planning, instructing and assessing to ensure students are achieving our state's standards. In the midst of all you are doing to support our students, we hope you and your colleagues will take time to celebrate the successes of last year and the progress this represents for students across our state.