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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.
Adam Pridemore | NCASA - After first gaining approval in the House Education K-12 Committee earlier in the week, the full House approved legislation directing the State Board of Education to require one arts education credit for graduation from high school beginning with students entering the sixth grade in 2020. A summary of that legislation, House Bill 97, can be found here .