The Indiana Department of Education releases its first set of letter grades accompanying P.L. 221, the state's accountability law rankings, on Monday. (Embargoed info was released to the media today).
Look for some surprised school patrons – not for the lower letter grades, but for the schools and districts that most have assumed would receive a grade of A. Many won't be happy to see their fine school has received a grade of B.
Fort Wayne Community Schools jumped the gun on announcing its grade. Billboards around town proudly proclaim the urban district's A performance.
Parents, in particular, need to keep the grades in perspective. What matters is how their students are performing. Failing performance in a grade A school should be cause for alarm, while high achievement in a "C" school shouldn't send them searching for a better school.