(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana’s A-F school grading system is getting a comprehensive review.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the 17-member Accountability System Review Panel met for the first time Thursday to start working on a new school accountability system.
“We think we’re going to come out with a good product that is fair and transparent,” Ritz said.
Indiana’s current A-F assessment system is being scrapped following a scandal involving Ritz’s predecessor, Tony Bennett. An Associated Press reported in August showed emails in which Bennett pushed for altering the system in order to benefit a Republican party donor’s Indianapolis charter school.
A review of Bennett’s changes was ordered by Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, both Republicans. That review determined the changes affected the grades of other schools.
Co-Chair Steve Yager, superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools, says his job isn't to judge the current accountability system, but to create a new one that is fair and transparent.
“What we’re going to do is try and find out where we’re going to go with this with the input from the folks that we have,” said Yager.
The panel will meet a number of times over the coming weeks. The group must submit its recommendations to the Indiana Board of Education by November 1st.