Proposal would rid state schools of grading system

grading-systemWake County school leaders want the General Assembly to abolish a new program that will give every public school in the state an A through F grade based on students’ performance on exams.

Republican legislative leaders have said the new grading system will help parents know how their children’s schools are doing, while school board members say no school can be evaluated on a single grade. The new system’s elimination was among items a school board committee recommended Monday for state lawmakers’ consideration when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

“You always hope that your voice will be heard on different matters,” said school board member Keith Sutton, chair of the government relations committee. “We always want to take advantage of the opportunity to speak out on particular issues.”

The full board is scheduled to discuss and vote Tuesday on the legislative agenda.

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