Target: Indiana Department of Education
Goal: Revise school grading system, which currently gives misleading information about school performance
Years ago, Indiana school superintendent Dr. Tony Bennett initiated a school grading system that gave each public school in Indiana a grade from A to F. The plan was intended to motivate schools to seek improvement and to identify schools in need of aid, but rising problems such as misleading grades and corruption stress the need to eliminate or revise this system.
The grades given to Indiana schools are misleading because they are based on how much a school improves instead of the overall quality of its education, making it difficult to evaluate which schools need help from the state and which are doing fine on their own. Some schools provide quality education yet are given failing grades because certain subsets of students had not improved. On the contrary, schools that have improved but are still academically subpar to neighboring schools may receive an A or a B. It is both unfair to high-performing schools that are labeled with a bad grade and to underperforming schools that do not receive additional resources and aid for its students because the schools were labeled as “A” or “B” schools.
By signing this petition you will help urge the Indiana school system to revoke the misleading grading system and to target schools in need through more accurate evaluations.
To the Indiana Department of Education:
Rising concerns about the inefficiency of the current school grading system have led me to believe that a revision of the system is necessary. Though the grading system is intended to motivate schools to improve and to identify schools that are in need of help, it falls short of that effect because of the misleading nature of the grades.
The problem is that schools that improve are given higher grades, whereas schools that do not improve are given lower ones. Many quality schools are receiving failing grades because they have not improve to above and beyond while subpar schools receive higher grades for being somewhat better than they were before. The evaluation fails to help target schools in need, as they may be given a spectrum of grades depending on how much they have improved.
I believe that Indiana should devise a system that can truly measure the performance of schools so that aid can be allocated to the neediest targets.
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