11/21 UPDATE: The Board on Thursday approved the change. Initial letter grades will be announced at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year and will accompany school accreditation ratings.
The A-F scale is based on performance, state and federal accountability standards and student growth indicators.
RICHMOND- The Virginia Board of Education said Thursday they will vote on the criteria to grade local schools in November.
This year, the General Assembly passed a law requiring the Board of Education to develop an A-F school grading system. Educators are fighting to repeal the law, arguing giving schools letter grades is unfair and too simplistic.
Since the rule was approved, the board of education has been working to determine how to grade schools. Leaders decided to judge schools based on state tests, student growth, and college and career readiness.
School will get points for each category. A perfect score is 800 points for elementary and middle schools, and 1200 points for high schools. Schools can earn up to 50 bonus points for students who scored advanced on state tests.
One proposal for elementary schools calls an “A” earning 700 points or more, and an “F” is scoring below 400 points.
By October 1, 2014, parents will be able to see the grades for their child’s school. The individual school grade will accompany the state accreditation and federal accountability ratings.