In early 2017, Texas got its first preview of the new A-F grading system for schools when “test” grades were released. At that time, even with over 200 schools calling for repeal, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made clear that there were no intentions to repeal the new grading system. However, Patrick did acknowledge that reforms to the system are likely necessary, and members of the Legislature are now working on reforms to the system.
According to the Texas Tribune, both the Senate and House Education Committee Chairs, Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble) and Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) have put forward legislation that would make changes to the grading system. The two pieces of legislation are similar, with both making the grades based on three categories rather than the current five categories that are used. In assessing those categories, they would also expand the factors used from just standardized tests to other data such as the number of students taking advanced classes.
Among the differences between the two pieces of legislation is that Sen. Taylor’s bill provides the Commissioner of Education more flexibility in implementing the grades. Rep. Huberty’s bill pushes the implementation of the grading system to 2019, rather than 2018, with the intention of giving schools the opportunity for two more previews of progress reports before full implementation.
Some of the strongest opposition from the grading law overall comes from rural schools, students of which recently protested at the State Capitol.
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