NC lawmakers may change how schools give A through F grades

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Legislators are considering changes to how North Carolina educates its young, including giving learning growth more credit when measuring whether a public school earns an A-through-F grade.

Lawmakers increased the push Tuesday to change laws affecting students from elementary to college classrooms as they face this week’s self-imposed deadline limiting what becomes law this year or next year.

A House committee approved a change that would shift how future A-to-F scores for public schools are calculated. The change would put equal weight on skills students learned and how much they’ve learned in an academic year. Student proficiency now determines 80 percent of the grade that schools are given for their performance.

The change could cut in half the percentage of schools shamed with an F grade.

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