FWCS Drops State's A-F Grading System

FWCS Drops State's A-F Grading System

The A through F grading system for Indiana schools has recently come under fire after allegations surfaced that former State Superintendent Bennett changed the grades
"It doesn't take into account where that student started their journey. It's not fair to those teachers who take on the biggest challenges to be stigmatized with a grade that fails to reflect their effort with the students. They should be evaluated on the growth the kids experience in that classroom." -Mark Giaquinta Fort Wayne Community School Board President
The A through F grading system for Indiana schools has recently come under fire after allegations surfaced that former State Superintendent Bennett changed the grades for certain schools for political gain.

Now Fort Wayne Community Schools just announced they will no longer give recognition to the system because they feel they oversee what matters to the learning ability of your children and it is not fair to the students and teachers.

FWCS will now only allow students to receive letter grades.  Not their schools.

"We understand that there are schools in our district where the teachers face challenges every single day that other schools never see."

Mark Giaquinta is the Fort Wayne Community School Board President.  He says the A through F system fails to recognize schools by their achievements.

"It doesn't take into account where that student started their journey.  It's not fair to those teachers who take on the biggest challenges to be stigmatized with a grade that fails to reflect their effort with the students.  They should be evaluated on the growth the kids experience in that classroom."

This decision come after the system was allegedly manipulated by Former State Superintendent Tony Bennett when he boosted the grade of a school in Indianapolis.

"We have children that don't have moms and dads at home and don't have the kind of money to provide adequate nutrition.  That's where we need our very best teachers and we don't need them scared away from those challenges by a stigmatizing A through F letter grade."

"My daughter has been behind for a couple years and we've been trying different things to get her caught back up," says Ashley Moore who has 3 children in FWCS.  She is not happy with the boards decision.

"My daughter actually failed the IRead test and because the school is so on top of their grading scales and wanting to make sure they have the best possible chance further on in life, they managed to get her an exemption to get her back caught up."

There was a recent controversy over glitches during I-STEP testing.  The A through F scale primarily focuses on those scores which the board also took into account when making this decision.


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