Education

Dec 10, 2010 7:01 AM by Nichole Larkey

Public schools to be assigned letter grades

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's public schools will be given letter grades to show how they are performing, beginning next year.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday voted 6-4 for the new grading system that will assign grades "A" through "F" to schools based on their performance in the state's accountability program.
A "plus" will be added to the grade if a school meets its annual improvement goal, while a "minus" will be added if the school's performance declines.
Supporters of the new system say it will help parents understand how their children's schools are performing.
Opponents say the grades could be misleading and might not necessarily show the strides a school is making or the hard work its teachers are doing.

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