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A-F School Grading Drives Student Success

Transparent, objective school accountability systems increase student performance and spur school improvement.


Parents deserve to know and understand how their child’s school is performing. The best way to do that is through a transparent, objective school accountability system. Federal law requires all states to publicly report school performance information, but unfortunately, most states use vague labels that are difficult to understand, such as “satisfactory” or “making progress,” and require an explanation. On the other hand, an A-F school grading system recognizes success and exposes failure in a way that everyone can understand. School grading works by holding all schools to the same high expectations and clearly communicating the results to parents. This transparency is the catalyst for reform that improves student achievement.

ExcelinEd promotes an A-F school grading policy that measures what matters: overall student performance and progress, with extra focus on struggling students, graduation rates and college and career readiness. School grading works by holding all schools to the same high expectations and clearly communicating the results to parents.

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