Bristol, TN BOE says new school evaluation scale doesn’t make the grade


BRISTOL, TN (WJHL)- A Tri-Cities school system is trying to stop a new state law it says could mislead people about the way schools are graded.

Back in March, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law to require a letter grading system for all schools in Tennessee, a system that would determine the schools performance on an A-F scale.

Monday night Bristol, Tennessee City School’s Board of Education passed a resolution urging the Tennessee General Assembly to repeal the assigning of letter grades to schools.

“One fail swoop, I just don’t think that is representative, and good for our kids. I’m afraid it will simply be stigmatizing to some schools, and some school districts, every school shouldn’t be an A school, a B school but every school shouldn’t be an F school either,” Butcher said.

According to the legislation the letter grades would be based on how students perform on state mandated exams, and student growth.

Butcher said there are still too many unknowns.

“I mean you might be considered a C or B school but you can make fabulous growth. We can’t quite figure it out, so we at least want to be on record as saying, we don’t see it in the best interest of our school system, and of our kids,” Butcher said.

We also reached out to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Officials said they are still trying to figure out how the A- F grading system will be implemented.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.

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