Foundation Remarks on 2012 School Grading Decisions in Indiana

Foundation Remarks on 2012 School Grading Decisions in Indiana

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Foundation for Florida’s Future Executive Director Patricia Levesque made the following statement regarding 2012 school grading decisions in Indiana:

“Commissioner Bennett and his department found and corrected a mistake that would have unfairly penalized 13 schools missing data for grades they did not even serve. They fixed a problem to be accurate and fair – any accusation otherwise is false and politically motivated.

“A-F school grading empowers parents to know how well schools are serving their children, in a transparent and easy to understand way. In 2012, Indiana was in its first year of its new school grading calculation, and there is always a learning process when implementing a policy new to a state.

“The best thing to do is to lay out the facts, which is what Commissioner Bennett is doing. Political attacks will come and go. The focus must remain on ensuring every student has access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success.”

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