There’s good news for those who think school performance grades should be weighted more heavily in favor of student growth.
A group of Senators has filed a bill that would require growth and student achievement to each account for 50 percent of a school’s performance grade.
The primary sponsors of SB 319 are Senators Vickie Sawyer, (R-Iredell), Daniel Earl Britt, (R-Robeson) and Tom McInniss, (R-Anson).
While having similar bills in the House and Senate is no guarantee the legislation will win approval, the odds are improved.
Currently, proficiency or achievement accounts for 80 percent of a school’s performance score while growth makes up the other 20 percent.
Educators argue that the achievement score should be weighted in favor of growth, how much a student learns from one year to the next, because growth more accurately reflects the level of teaching and learning that goes on in a school.
“My definition of education is growth,” Rep. Craig Horn, (R-Union), said earlier this week. “That’s what we do. We move kids [academically] from here to there. That’s the very essence of education.”
Horn is co-chair of the House Education Committee. He made his remarks during a committee meeting this week.
HB 354 was referred to the House Rules Committee, which will decide whether it receives a hearing before the full House membership.