Federal officials are expected to approve Louisiana’s request to suspend public school letter grades amid falling test scores blamed on the corona virus pandemic, The Advocate said.
If so, the state council for primary and secondary education is ready to finalize the move at a committee meeting on Tuesday and by the full council on Wednesday.
The ratings, which have been controversial for years, are usually released in November and show how students performed on key tests as well as how school districts stack up against each other.
But education officials have complained for months that it would be unfair to assign grades to public schools and school systems after 18 months of classroom upheaval caused by the pandemic.
The August 3 release of the most important spring test scores – called LEAP 2025 – showed math, English, science and social studies scores plummeted in virtually all of the state’s 69 school districts.
It almost guaranteed that the grades on public school letters would drop as well.
BESE voted a few weeks later to ask the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver that would largely set aside Louisiana’s public school accountability system for the 2020-21 school year.
State officials are awaiting a response from the federal agency.
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