The state’s top education official said Tuesday he plans to order Texas to begin rating schools based on letter grades A through F starting next year — without waiting for high-profile bills proposing to do the same thing to work their way through the Legislature.
The current system features four classifications ranging from “Exemplary” to “Academically Unacceptable,” but key conservative lawmakers have supported a series of measures to replace that system with grades A, B, C, D or F, as is done in Florida. They say the change would make it easier for parents and students to understand and increase classroom transparency.
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