Over the next few days you will start to receive information about the A-F school grading system, which will be released soon. I will be sharing some of the data with you, and more explanation of how the grading system works. We’ll also be scheduling webinars with superintendents to explain the system and how we plan to unveil it.
Our goal is to give you as much information as possible so that when the grades are released publicly you will be prepared to speak about them with your school communities. You should know that our desire is not to make the letter grades a cause for shame, but rather an opportunity for transparency with parents and communities, and a basis for targeted supports to underperforming schools. As one superintendent recently said, most people will not be surprised by the scores. The question is, how do we work together to improve all schools, and especially those that are struggling. By working together, I am confident we will make great strides.
You might also be interested to read Preparing for A-F grading system.