INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The number of Indiana schools that received failing marks roughly doubled to
130 this year, while the number receiving A grades fell by half under new
ratings for the 2015-16 academic year released by the Indiana Department of
Education on Tuesday.
Data show a greater
percentage of charter schools received an F grade than traditional public
schools. Less than 5 percent of Indiana’s traditional public schools are
failing, but nearly a quarter of charter schools are in the latest ratings.
The ratings were
the first under a new accountability system that had more rigorous standards
and assessments. Outgoing state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda
Ritz said the new system “establishes a new baseline for school
Schools earning the
highest ratings fell to 24 percent, a decline of more than 600 schools, The
Indianapolis Star reported.
The school grades
were based not only on the number of students who pass or fail the ISTEP
standardized tests, but on whether those students improved. The new rating
model is expected to lead to fewer “A” schools, but help lower-performing
schools boost their ratings if students show progress.
a Republican who is school superintendent in Yorktown and will become the
state superintendent in January, raised questions about the new rating
“I know there are a
lot of people still very concerned. A lot of it was just back to the
administration of the exam. Does it really reflect what we’re getting done
in schools?” McCormick said.
In all, 23.6
percent of schools earned an A, 38.9 percent received a B, 22.7 percent got
a C grade, 8.8 percent received a D and 6.1 percent got an F, Department of
Education date show.
The ratings not
only affect the perception of a school’s quality, but they also can
influence bonuses teachers receive in their annual evaluations. It’s unknown
when teachers will receive their performance pay this year.