The North Carolina House passed a bill today, 95-22, that would split the state’s school performance grading system.
The legislation, House Bill 458, would give each school in the state an A-F grade for academic performance and an A-F grade for academic growth. Presently, the state gives one grade that is an amalgam of the two factors — 80 percent academic achievement and 20 percent academic growth.
With the passage of this bill, the House sends the Senate two separate bills designed to change the way the state gives out school performance grades. The other, House Bill 322, passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee. That measure would make the calculation of the grade 50 percent academic achievement and 50 percent academic growth.