A new proposal would completely change the current state report card system as we know it. The bill would back off of the “A” through “F” grading scheme and offer a more comprehensive view.
Republican Representative Mike Duffey says school districts are receiving unfair grades on their report cards which he says end up being misleading.
He says a district can excel in an area, but still receive a “C” or “D” grade because of the way the section is scored.
“The school district’s response is, naturally, ‘But wait - we want to explain the details with you.' And the parent says, ‘No, I don’t want the details - I just realized there was a C grade and I’m not happy with that.’ That’s unacceptable,” Duffey says.
Duffey is proposing a new grade card model that puts out all the information in a dashboard format with a function that allows parents to compare the data to other districts around the state.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in revamping the report cards, which were redesigned in 2013 and are still be phased in.