Not All Grades Created Equal

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The Board of Education issued a failing accountability grade to a Vigo county school. But in this case, educators say it’s the grading criteria that’s in question. Not the school.

Booker T. Washington High School received an “F” in accountability grading. However, according to the school principal, it’s not a fair assessment based on the student demographic they serve.

Washington appealed the grade they were given. The school contends that’s the accountability model does not accurately reflect their student population.

The appeal says in part that Washington is a school designed to serve non-traditional students, many of whom are parents that require individualized support.

Some of that support includes bringing their children to school with them for daycare. Washington principal, Dr. Tammy Rowshandel, says for these reasons and more, an appeal was necessary.

“They have very unique, individual needs and that’s the purpose of Booker T. Washington, is meeting those needs and making sure that all of those students that come to us leave with a diploma,” says Dr. Rowshandel.

WTWO obtained a copy of the letter from the Board of Education that states their appeal should be granted. This would change Washington’s “F” grade “null.”

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