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Indiana Independent A-F Accountability Report: Accusations of Grade Manipulation are False

• Patricia Levesque

Today, a report was released confirming what Tony Bennett already shared as the truth:  Bennett and his department found and corrected a mistake that would have unfairly penalized schools missing data for grades they did not even serve.

The report further confirms that accusations that Bennett manipulated Indiana’s A to F School Accountability model were simply false.

The findings reaffirm the value of A-F school grading as a strong, proven policy that sheds light on how well schools are serving children. With all accountability assessments, it’s imperative that implementations are solidified and that grading is fair, universally applied, and transparent.

Indiana families deserve an accountability system that ensures high student achievement and A-F grading does just that. Indiana’s system is still the most effective tool in assessing whether schools are preparing our children for the competitive 21st century. Its reform policies, like A-F grading, that bring a command focus on learning. Instead of sweeping problems under the rug, the Hoosier State is stepping up to the plate so that our kids can succeed. Indiana schools are ready to meet higher expectations. Our children deserve it and our future depends on it.

About the author

Patricia Levesque @levesquepat

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy. Contact Patricia at