The idea of the state’s new A through F school performance grades becoming a scarlet letter for some public schools is becoming an increasing reality.
State legislators mandated that the new grades being released Thursday be “prominently displayed on the Web site of the local school administrative unit.” State law also says any school awarded a D or F grade “shall provide notice of the grade in writing to the parent or guardian of all students enrolled in that school.”
Many of the school officials who participated in a state Department of Public Instruction briefing this week asked about the notification requirements, particularly the web-based ones. Based on the questions, DPI sent a memo on the reporting requirements to every school district and charter school.
It’s widely expected that many schools around the state will get low grades. DPI has posted several handouts about the school performance grades that can be found at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/.
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“If your child’s school had high academic growth, that is a strong sign that student learning needs are being addressed – even if the school’s grade is low overall,” DPI says in one handout.