State Board Of Education Plans Local Public Hearing For New A-F Accountability Rules

Posted On February 22, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

(Madison, Ind.) – The Indiana State Board of Education is once again looking to revise the state’s school accountability rules.

The board voted 7-4 in January to advance proposed changes for school accountability, in which schools and school corporations are annually assigned a letter grade based on various factors. The revised A-F Accountability Rule measures are part of a plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Those changes include measuring “well-rounded educational development” for K-8 schools to account for five percent of a school’s grade. For high schools, the number of students “on track” to earn a diploma would count for 10 percent of their grade. More about the proposed rule can be read at http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/20180214-IR-511180007PRA.xml.html.

If approved, the changes would go into effect in the 2018-2019 school year.

Five public comment hearings are being held across the state. On March 1, a hearing will take place at Ivy Tech Community College, 590 Ivy Tech Drive, in Madison from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Each person who registers to speak will have three minutes to share their input.

The first of the five hearings was held Monday, February 19 in Fort Wayne. According to The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, none of the 45 people who spoke were in favor of the rules change.

Public comment can also be submitted via email at sboe_comment@sboe.in.gov. The public comment period will end at the close April 4.

The ISBOE plans to vote on final approval of the new A-F school grading guidelines in June.