Board eyes changes to Indiana school grade formula

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Board of Education is set to consider a new school-grading formula and new school grades for the past year.

The board is expected to approve the 2013-2014 school grades during its meeting Wednesday. It also will consider a new formula changing how student grades and test scores are calculated into a school’s grade.

Former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett secretly altered the grading formula in 2012 to benefit Republican Party donor Christel DeHaan’s Indianapolis charter school.

Shortly after Bennett’s change was revealed, state education leaders launched an intensive review of the school grading formula.

State board members and others have expressed frustration over trying to find a system that works for all the state’s schools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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