By Mike Perleberg
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Changes are being eyed for Indiana’s A-F school grading system in the aftermath of the Tony Bennett scandal.
An Associated Press report last month showed that Benentt, the former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction defeated in last November’s election by Democrat Glenda Ritz, secretly altered the formula last September to benefit a Republican donor's Indianapolis charter school.
On Thursday, Governor Mike Pence, Ritz, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President David Long agreed to appoint a 17-member panel to rewrite the state's Accountability System. Each of those four officials will get to pick one teachers, one principal, one superintendent, and one advisor for the committee. Ritz will co-chair the panel.
“Hoosiers know that accountability is essential to success in the classroom. And they deserve to be confident that our system of accountability for schools is fair and equitable,” Pence said in a statement Thursday.
According to the governor, the Accountability System Review Panel will make recommendations regarding revisions to the school accountability system by November 1. The Indiana Board of Education will then decide which of the recommendations are adopted.
Pence said he looks forward to working together to create a fair system that families, community stakeholders, teachers and schools can embrace with confidence.
Following the AP report, Tony Bennett resigned from his job as Florida’s education commissioner. Contrary to the published emails, he has maintained that he did not alter the Indiana grading system last September.
Two reviews of the grading system scandal are in progress. Superintendents from across the state have called for the 2012 school grades to be discounted.