Tennessee House of Representatives Approve Statewide A-F School Grading System
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Today, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed SB 300, which will implement a statewide A-F School Grading System. The bill, presented by Representative Glen Casada, requires schools to be graded using clear, easily understandable A-F grades to summarize school performance information for parents, educators and the public. SB 300 was sponsored in the Senate by Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham and passed that chamber in 2015.
“We have wide access to information about everything from the value of a car to the quality of food at a restaurant. Yet all too often, parents are in the dark when it comes to the effectiveness of the school their children attend. Tennessee lawmakers are addressing that with a simple, transparent A-F accountability system that grades the performance of schools like teachers grade the performance of students,” said Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd in Action Executive Director.
“The goal of every school in Tennessee will be to earn an A, and that will be to the benefit of every child in every classroom. I congratulate Senator Gresham and Representative Casada for leading on this common-sense measure and look forward to swift concurrence by the Senate.”
ExcelinEd in Action thanks our partners on this legislation, the Beacon Center of Tennessee and StudentsFirst Tennessee.
Background on A-F School Grading Policy:
- A-F School Grading systems have been adopted in 16 other states.
- A-F grades promote transparency. Using clear and transparent A, B, C, D and F descriptors ensures that there is a scale that parents, educators and the public clearly understand. Unlike any other scale, A-F provides a system that is understandable and relevant.
- A-F grades distinguish, in an immediately understandable way, schools that are doing a good job of making sure children are learning, schools that are failing and schools that need to work harder to improve.
- A-F grades promote excellence. The command focus on learning allows educators and parents to focus on students. No one is satisfied with a “C” grade or even a “B” grade. Everyone strives for excellence in a way you don’t see with fuzzy descriptors like “satisfactory” or “performing.”
- A-F grades allow student growth toward high standards. Using criterion-based growth in a school grading system ensures students are measured on their individual progress towards meeting pre-determined expectations demonstrating at least a year’s worth of progress in a year’s time towards the mastery of a certain set of skills.