Educators oppose rating schools with A through F grades


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina educators oppose the possibility of rating schools A through F on public report cards, saying the letter grades would label students and discourage economic development in communities that need it the most.

District superintendents and state Department of Education officials were among those expressing opposition at a subcommittee meeting on Monday.

The letter ratings are under consideration as the state's Education Oversight Committee attempts to craft a new, single education accountability system that's simple to understand and more informative. It will replace the dual -- and often contradictory -- state and federal rating systems that have confused parents for years.

In its drafted proposal, the agency responsible for student testing notes 17 states have an A through F grading system. Its board is expected to vote next month.

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