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March 30, 2017 | Legislation Providing For Two School Performance Grades Approved In House


Legislation modifying the A-F School Performance Grades by providing separate grades for school achievement and school growth gained approval by the House this week.

Under current law, schools are awarded a single school performance grade based weighing 80% school achievement and 20% school growth.
House Bill 458 requires all schools receive a school performance grade for school achievement and a school performance grade for school growth instead of combining the two scores for one summative performance score. The 15-point scale used to determine the grade given to a school would still be in place for school years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, at which point the scale would revert to a 10-point scale barring further action from the General Assembly. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

 This is the second bill modifying the School Performance Grades the House has passed this session. The House previously approved
House Bill 322, providing that school achievement scores and school growth scores each account for 50% of the total sum for the school's performance score and grade.  That bill has not seen action in the Senate thus far. 


March 16, 2017 | Legislation Modifying How School Performance Grades Are Calculated Gains House Approval


Legislation which modifies how the State calculates a school's A-F School Performance Grade by increasing the weight given to student growth passed the House this week. House Bill 322 would provide that school achievement scores and school growth scores each account for 50% of the total sum for the school's performance score and grade.  Under current law, school achievement score accounts for 80% of the school performance score and the school growth score accounts for 20% of the performance score.  The 15-point scale used to determine the grade given to a school would still be in place for school years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, at which point the scale would revert to a 10-point scale barring further action from the General Assembly.

 The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.  The House has approved similar legislation, or included the provisions in this legislation in its budget, in previous years, but the Senate has not taken action on it in the past. The Senate's argument has been that it wanted three years of comparable data before making changes to the way the School Performance Grades are calculated. That third year of data was released last year. It is unclear if the Senate will be willing to take up the legislation this year.  NCASA encourages you to 
contact your Senator and let them know the role and importance student growth plays at your school and district.