Rep. Kathryn Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, is pushing a bill, House Bill 388, that would give each public and charter school in Missouri a grade on an A-F scale. The grades would be calculated using information already gathered by the state, such as attendance rates, ratio of students to teachers and dropout rates.
Swan said the goal of the grade is to provide more information to parents and teachers in an easily digestible fashion. The grades would not be tied to any accountability measures.
The proposal is expected to cost approximately $13,000 in startup costs and require no further funding. It’s projected that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would be able to absorb the cost with existing resources, so no appropriations would be needed.
The president of the Missouri PTA and superintendents of districts in Springfield and Nixa are among state education officials who have expressed concern over the bill, which was introduced Jan. 30 and is scheduled for a Wednesday hearing before the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education.
Similar statewide legislation is in place in Florida and is being considered in Virginia.