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Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

November 1, 2011 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators on Monday cautioned Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration against rushing the implementation of a new law requiring the state to assign grades to rate the performance of public schools.

Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions about the grading system at a hearing by the Public Education Department on proposed rules for evaluating schools.

Gloria Rendon of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators suggested a pilot program that would initially use the system in a few schools to help work out potential problems in how grades will be determined. Schools, she said, “need the general public to recognize that kids are more than test scores and schools are more than just a grade.”

The A-to-F grading system will be based heavily on standardized tests taken by Login to read more

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