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Louisiana intends to remove grades from school letters this year


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Louisiana’s main school board agreed on Wednesday to suspend public school grades this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, assuming the federal government approves the move as planned.

The action of the State Council for Primary and Secondary Education means that grades and academic results that are typically released in November will be put aside amidst the upheaval in the classroom and the drop in test scores blamed on the pandemic.

The Lawyers’ reports that state’s superintendent of education, Cade Brumley, said he was confident the waiver request would win federal approval. At least 45 other states have obtained federal permission to cancel school assessment procedures, and the US Department of Education has encouraged states to seek waivers due to the pandemic.

“We fully expect what we have seen from other states, that the waiver will be approved,” Brumley told the state education board on Tuesday.

The board of trustees initially approved the suspension of school grades and performance grades on Tuesday, with the final decision made on Wednesday without objection.

Education groups have said for months that it makes no sense to issue letter grades judging performance for the 2020-21 school year amid all the disruption caused by COVID-19. The attorney reports that the letters’ scores were expected to drop after the main statewide standardized spring test scores dropped.

Schools receive a school performance score based largely on how students performed on LEAP 2025, which tests their knowledge of math, English, science and social studies. These scores are then linked to the letter grades in an effort to let parents and others know how schools are functioning.

Critics have long called the ratings simplistic and misleading.

The state intends to provide districts with school performance scores that Brumley said would be advisory, without a corresponding letter grade, and not having the weight they typically do. This part of the plan was denounced by officials from the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and the Louisiana School Boards Association.

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