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Superintendent: Letter grades make public education look bad

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Posted: Oct 3, 2011 5:30 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 3, 2011 5:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- Schools in Louisiana will now be evaluated the same way they score their students, with letter grades.

The move comes after 2010 Legislation had the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education create a scale to better inform parents of schools performance.

In years past, schools were awarded a performance score based on a 200 point scale and then given a star ranking from one to five stars. The scores are compiled using attendance, graduation and testing data.

"I'm not against letter grades, I think the scale however that the grades were put on in my opinion was done to make public education look bad," said John Dilworth, Superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

Though, BESE claims the letter grades will better inform parents and make schools' performance easier to understand.

"We need true information, which is what the letter grade is gonna give us, for the first time instead of getting two stars you're gonna get a grade that says you might not be as good as we thought you were," said Chas Roemer, a member of BESE.

The scores will also include a plus or minus with each letter grade to show schools that are reaching or failing to meet established goals.

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