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The Rest of the Story: What the Texas A-F Letter Grades Do Not Tell You

Thursday, August 23, 2018  
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(Moak, Casey & Associates) The 85th Texas Legislature passed a law that requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to give A-F letter grades to every public school district in the state beginning in 2018. This is the first time in Texas’ 24-year history of rating schools and districts that A-F letter grades will be given, and the change has generated controversy.


Proponents of grading and ranking schools argue that the grades are a simple, transparent, concise way to inform parents and a community about how effective schools are. Critics say that a single letter grade cannot accurately reflect either the full array of programs and services provided by schools, or the uneven challenges of educating student bodies with diverse needs.

 

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