California plans to grade schools on multiple factors beyond test scores
State education leaders will vote Thursday on a new system that uses multiple ways to judge school performance, replacing the single score that families and educators relied upon in previous years.
The State Board of Education proposal would replace the Academic Performance Index, a three-digit score that was suspended in 2013 when the state adopted new standardized tests that adhere to Common Core State Standards. While the score gave communities and education officials an easy way to compare schools, critics said it was too grounded in test scores and ignored other factors that reflect school performance.
California shaped its past scoring system under pressure from federal leaders, who sought a uniform way to identify the lowest-performing schools and target them for intervention.