Education officials clear up grading questions
BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White admitted today that letter grades awarded to high schools in the past had been inflated, but denied accusations his office intentionally caused the changes and later covered them up.
White told a Senate education committee today that a flaw in the grading formula set in 2010 boosted the letter grades awarded by the Department of Education to state high school grades. He said it was an issue he specifically set out to tackle after taking over the superintendent's position in 2012.
The letter grades were based off end-of-course and exit exam scores, and a different formula went into effect this past school year.
The accusations came from a high school teacher in Caldwell Parish, who told the same committe earlier this month that scores derived from the end-of-course and exit exams had been inflated improperly by the Department of Education by as much as 7.5 percent.
White said he's currently working towards the start of a new grading formula which will be more rigorous for Louisiana students. Requirements for graduation rates and student testing scores will be raised if the state accepts the new grading tool.