An advisory panel is recommending that the State Board Of Education change Indiana’s A-F school rating system to account for improvements by individual students on tests and for the addition of state tests to four more grades. The panel is made up mostly of educators that were appointed after concerns emerged about the grading formula used last year under former state school Superintendent Tony Bennett. Officials on the panel said the proposed system is more transparent and simpler with more evaluation points. One of the recommendations would expand ISTEP testing to grades 1st, 2nd, 9th and 11th.
Currently the tests are given in third through eighth grades and in 10th grade.
The recommendations will be presented on Nov. 8 to the State Board of Education, which is expected to consider adopting a new A-F grading model next month.