50-State Comparison: State School Accountablity Report Cards
More than a dozen states will assign A-F letter grades to schools by 2015 according to a media release describing this database published by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The online database shows which indicators states are considering in gauging school performance and how state leaders are publicly reporting on that performance to parents and others. Letter grades for schools, which have been controversial in some states, appear to be an increasingly popular tool for policymakers. in 2002, only one state–Florida–assigned letter grades to schools, says ECS. Among some of the highlights of the ECS analysis: 14 states assign, or plan to assign, letter grades for schools; 37 states and the District of Columbia factor in student growth or improvement on tests in deciding school performance; 9 states weigh growth of the lowest-performing quartile of students in judging their schools.