North Carolina has been offering citizens a public database where public, K-12 schools are graded like many students – on an “A” through “F” scale. Currently, that state grading system weighs a school’s overall achievement as well as how much its students have raised their grades. The grading system, some lawmakers say, hurts schools that feature high achieving, student bodies that won’t show much year-over-year growth but will deliver high grades. House Bill 458 would offer two, distinct report cards that would offer separate grades for achievement as well as for the growth of lower-performing students’ grades.
House Blll 458 would direct state education leaders to assess how well a school campus is helping its students achieve proficiency in English language usage.