New Louisiana public school grading system prompts worries
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As Louisiana's public schools begin to reopen, local superintendents are telling parents to brace for a drop in upcoming school letter grades.
Louisiana has a new, tougher rating system that will force ratings lower, prompting some education officials to worry that will spark outcry. Cade Brumley, superintendent of the Jefferson Parish School District, the largest in the state, told The Advocate that she's talking to community groups about the shift in the formula.
She says other superintendents are doing the same. The worries stem from major changes in the calculation of school performance scores, which show how students fared on key tests, graduation rates, and academic growth.
The changes are aimed at adding rigor to classrooms and making annual snapshots of student achievement in Louisiana comparable to other states.