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Jun 20, 2011 7:40 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

System of giving schools letter grades starts soon

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State education leaders say they are less than surprised that nearly every other public school in Louisiana would get a "D" or "F" under the state's new system of assigning letter grades for student performance.
Penny Dastugue, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, tells The Advocate the new system unfortunately tells the ugly truth.
State leaders have spent more than a decade trying to improve the state's nearly 1,300 public schools through more academic rigor, annual snapshots of school performance and other steps.
But a new system of giving schools traditional letter grades - that starts this fall - will also provide students, parents and other taxpayers with a new way of looking at school performance.

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