W. Va. Schools Will Now Be Graded For Work

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Schools in West Virginia will now be graded on their work.

The West Virginia Board of Education voted to adopt an amendment to its accountability policy at its Wednesday meeting.

Schools will be given A through F grades.

The grades will be based largely on students’ scores on the statewide Smarter Balanced standardized tests.

Most statewide teacher unions do not support the grading system for schools.

Board President Mike Green argued the new grading system is not punitive, but is a means to give attention to low-performing schools in an effort to improve them.

The amended policy will take effect on July 11.