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Del. Considering Giving Schools Letter Grades

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SELBYVILLE, Del.- A working group set up by the Delaware Department of Education is looking into the option of giving schools letter grades as a form of ranking.

According to Jay Owens, the director of compliance and accountability of the Indian River School District and a member of the Academic Framework Working Group, they have been tasked with forming a plan to evaluate schools in the state and compare them.

"Parents want to know how their school is stacking up," he said.

The group issued a survey to 6,500 parents, teachers and students and a majority indicated a desire to have a report card system giving schools letter grades; like As, Bs and Cs, to show how they stack up.

Some parents, like Trevor Gouert of Lewes, think it is a great idea that would simplify and streamline the decision-making process.

"It's just too confusing the way that this system is now," he said. "We don't know really how to compare schools."

Others, like Anna Nutter, said they need more clarification.

"Briefly it would be nice for it to be simplified," she explained. "But as a parent I would want to know how the rankings are formed and sort of what basis they have for coming up with the letter."

Owens said he agrees on that part. He explained that the group still has to evaluate what the letter system would entail and what each grade would specifically mean.

"I think everyone's eager to have a system that's in place that can show all the things that go on in this in a school and a district," he said. "I think we're kind of in a wait and see mode."

The working group is still looking into the options for ranking schools and are continually holding meetings to discuss it. They have already come up with the specific evaluation process, now must devise a way of laying it out.

 
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