60 percent of Indiana schools get A or B grades

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About 60 percent of Indiana public schools are getting A or B letter grades for student progress, while about 7 percent received failing grades that could position them for state takeover if they don't improve.

The State Board of Education approved the grades for the nearly 2,100 public schools across the state on Wednesday.

The grading system is based largely on student standardized test scores, graduation rates and college and career readiness.

Education officials say overall, 43 schools moved up at least three letter grades.

See school grade results here. (Excel file) 

Critics have argued that the rules for the grades are unfair and inaccurate. Glenda Ritz, the Democrat running against Indiana's top schools official, says the grades approved by the state board of education Wednesday don't truly measure individual student achievement. She calls the measuring system "artificial."

Ritz is challenging Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett in the Nov. 6 election. Bennett says the grading system is fair.

The state carried out its first-ever takeovers last year of four schools in Indianapolis and one in Gary after years of poor student scores.

The system is based largely on student standardized test scores and gives schools and districts A-through-F grades instead of ranking them by categories such as "academic progress" and "probation" as had been done until 2011.

The grades will reflect schools' performances during the 2011-12 school year.

Check your school's grades here. (Please be patient - the DOE's pages were taking a long time to load Wednesday morning and you may have to try several times.)

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