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Another New Grading System Ahead For Schools

A new system for measuring the learning progress in California’s schools is expected to be in place in about a year. The State Board of Eduaction is replacing the so-called “Academic Performance Index”, which was suspended in 2013. Nevada County Office of Education Superintendent Holly Hermanson says assigning just one API score was overly simplistic, and ignored factors other than test scores…..

click to listen to Holly Hermanson

Hermanson says the Academic Performanc Index also unfairly penalized schools…

click to listen to Holly Hermanson

In extreme cases, the state could take over the administration of a school. Critics say API scores were not an accurate reflection of schools with a high proportion of English learners and other struggling students. Under the new system, schools will also be rated such things as the progress of English learners, and college and career readiness. School districts could also measure campuses for learning climate, parental engagement, and services for expelled students.

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