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School performance grade change passes House

A bill that would change the calculation of school performance grades passed the full House on Wednesday. 

The bill would change the make-up from 80 percent academic achievement and 20 percent growth to a 50-50 split. Academic performance is measured by students’ proficiency on statewide tests whereas academic growth is how much academic progress students make during the year.  

The bill passed the House 116-2. 

This isn’t the first time the House has sought to change the grade calculations. In its 2016 budget proposal, the House included a provision changing the grade to a 50-50 split, but in the budget compromise between the House and Senate that year, the calculation remained 80-20. 

The bill moves now to the Senate. 

Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.