Legislation disturbs A-C school board

A-C Central Superintendent Tim Page presented to the A-C Central board last week on recent state education legislation. The Every Student Succeeds Act establishes new criteria by which state schools are rated, dividing the score between academic factors, 75 percent, which include standardized tests, and other school environment measurements, which account for 25 percent of the score.

ESSA establishes a fourtier system for rating schools. One of the requirements for the top two tiers caused concern amongst the board. To be in the top two tiers, a school building can have no academically underperforming student subgroups. Page said this can be any group of at least 20 students with a common characteristic that is not meeting standards.

School buildings that have an underperforming subgroup are locked out of the top two tiers and the third tier is considered “underperforming.” Trustee Jennifer Fanning expressed her concern that a large number of schools would be rated “underperforming” based solely on this criteria. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>