The Democratic candidate for Indiana Superintendent of Public Education is lashing out over the state's A-F grading system. Glenda Ritz says Dr. Tony Bennett's grading system for schools is in shambles and is difficult for his own department to understand.
The new system compares student test scores to other students throughout the state. Ritz says this system hurts school districts mores and eliminates local control. She also says Bennett's leadership over the state's education has been a "failure."
"We still have a great many students who drop out each year," said Ritz. "We have 22,700 kids that actually don't earn diplomas in our high schools. We're not able to offer courses like we need for career and tech. So, we have a lot of challenges in our schools, and I plan to reorganized the Department of Education to provide outreach support for individual school districts to do a bottom-up rather than a top-down approach."
10 Warrick County schools received A's through the new system. Vanderburgh County schools only had 3.