Indiana board set to approve statewide school grades

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Public schools around Indiana will soon learn their final grades under the state's A-F system.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to approve grades for the more than 2,000 public schools across the state on Wednesday.

The system, based largely on student standardized test scores, gives schools and districts A-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.

The state contracted with private companies last year to take over several Indiana schools with repeatedly poor student scores.

Critics claim the grades are based on new rules that are unfair and inaccurate. The state board approved the new rules in February over widespread opposition.

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