“Achievement Gap” progress will not be included in school ratings

By Andrew Pillow

It is no secret that American education has struggled with different levels of academic success across different races, and ability levels.

Indiana’s controversial A-F rating system has previously required schools to report progress in closing achievement gaps in order to receive an “A” rating. That will no longer be the case.

According to WFYI, the move is in accordance with national laws:

“This year, Indiana doesn’t need to provide progress in closing achievement gaps — differences in student learning between certain groups and their peers — to the federal government. So, the state won’t ask local schools to provide any of this information for 2015-16 school rankings.”

Federal law still requires states to publish data around how different groups of students are doing. However, the A-F rating system has been used as the primary, family facing report card for schools.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.