The Virginia Board of Education unanimously approved on Thursday a grading system that will assign letter grades to schools based on the percentages of students demonstrating proficiency, academic growth and college and career readiness.
Initial letter grades will be announced at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year and will accompany school accreditation ratings, said a state spokeswoman.
Here's how it will work:
--For elementary or middle schools, 50 percent of the grade will be based on overall proficiency in English, mathematics, science and history or social science;
--Another 25 percent on overall growth in English and math;
--The remaining 25 percent on growth in English and math among the school's lowest-performing students.
--Elementary and middle schools can earn a capped number of bonus points based on the percentage of students earning advanced scores on SOL tests in the four content areas and meeting all federal accountability benchmarks.
--For high schools, 33 percent of the grade will be based on overall proficiency in English, mathematics, science and history/social science;
--Another 25 percent will be based on indicators of college and career readiness, such as graduation rates, college credits earned and completion of advanced career and technical education programs (CTE);
--Plus 8 percent based on participation in dual-credit courses and board-approved CTE assessments;
--Another 17 percent will be based on growth toward college and career readiness;
--The final 17 percent will be based on growth toward college and career readiness among students at risk of not graduating.
--High schools can also earn a capped number of bonus points based on advanced performance on SOL assessments and for meeting all federal accountability goals.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun