Ahead of the release of A-F grades for schools across the state, Democrat Sen. Josh Stein filed a bill yesterday that would change the formula used to determine the scores. Currently, 80 percent of the grade is determined by student achievement scores (testing) and 20 percent comes from academic growth. Stein’s bill seeks to change that to 40 percent achievement and 60 percent growth.
Critics of the current formula, including John Hood — the head of the John William Pope Foundation — say the current ratio doesn’t take growth into account enough. Hood said he would be in favor of 50/50.