Indianapolis Looking for New Ways to Evaluate Schools

By Andrew Pillow

Indianapolis may be implementing a new type of grading system in the near future. The new system will seek to improve on the controversial A-F letter grade system, which critics say is too narrow of a metric to determine school quality.

The description of the new effort via Chalkbeat says:

Indianapolis Public Schools, in partnership with The Mind Trust and the mayor’s office, are developing “equity reports” that will use different kinds of school data to better inform parents and community members about the quality of roughly 100 schools in the city — both IPS schools and mayor-sponsored charter schools. The new reports will have much more information than the state-issued letter grades, which currently consider little more than student test scores.

While the new system is still in development, the hope is that the “equity reports” will give a more holistic view of schools to families.

Read more about the new effort here.

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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.