HB 22: A to F and Other Accountability Issues….
This one is the major re-write of the accountability system. The big news is that we are compressing from five domains to three: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gap. Other key features:
*The Commissioner will study the feasibility of incorporating an indicator regarding co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Don’t look for any swift movement on this. The report to the legislature is not due until December 1, 2022.
*If you get a D you will no longer be considered “unacceptable.” You will be “needs improvement.” Only F-rated schools will be “unacceptable.
*Ratings of the performance of your campus for this school year (2017-18) will be publicly released in August, 2018, but will be limited to: “improvement required” or “met standard.”
*Whatever method is used to rate performance must permit every district and campus to get an A. Thus the system cannot be designed such that the lowest 5% automatically get a grade lower than A.
*There are a lot of provisions in this bill about who has to be counted as a dropout.
*Thankfully, the Commissioner will provide all of us with a document in a “simple, accessible format” that explains all this complex stuff in a way that we can all understand, and distribute to parents, the media, the Chamber of Commerce, etc.
*The Commissioner will adopt rules whereby a school district can assign ratings to each
campus, if the district first gets the Commissioner’s approval of the district’s “local accountability plan.” The ratings must still be A to F.
*The bill contains a new section detailing exactly what happens to a district or campus rated D.
DAWG BONE: LOOKS LIKE A TO F IS HERE TO STAY.
Tomorrow: Seat belts on the bus….