Proposed changes to school grading system see overwhelming opposition

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Area educators are not happy with proposed changes to how Indiana’s schools are graded.

Out of nearly 50 attendees at a public hearing in Fort Wayne Monday night, the Journal Gazette reports not a single one supported the proposed changes, which include new metrics for schools, such as basing 50% of a school’s grade on its graduation rate, and another 30% on how well students do on standardized tests.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson argued that the proposed grading system almost promotes the concept of “haves and have-nots,” arguing that socioeconomics will come into play.

The hearing was the first of five to be held statewide as the State Board of Education weighs whether or not to approve the changes.

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