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  1. This is a tricky one in Indiana because schools receive 2 letter grades—one based upon a federal formula and one based upon Indiana’s state formula.

    Here’s a link to an article with details: https://chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2019/12/03/indiana-schools-will-no-longer-get-two-a-f-grades-heres-how-the-federal-measure-will-change/

    From the article:
    “According to Indiana’s rubric for the FEDERAL ratings, schools will be categorized based on how they score in seven different areas, which include state test scores, growth scores, graduation rates, attendance rates, the percentage of students who earn honors diplomas, achievement gaps, and progress for English-language learners.

    Schools will be scored based on whether they are on track to meet the state’s long-term goals in each area. For example, Indiana set a goal to close the racial gaps in passing rates on standardized tests in English and math by 50% by 2023 for high schools and by 2026 for elementary and middle schools. A district that “meets expectations” can show that the school is closing gaps in most areas, according to a state plan.

    State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick has pushed for the state to use only the federal measure, which some experts have said is tougher on schools because it considers more data and requires them to count more students, such as those in remedial programs.

    But state lawmakers maintain that Indiana’s grades are the better option because it reflects Indiana law and policies, not federal ones.”

    Indiana’s grades are based largely on aggregated student performance on state standardized tests relative to other schools’ performance.

    So currently, Indiana’s schools receive 2 A-F grades based upon these criteria, and a school/district’s grades may have been quite different using these two different criteria.

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