Interpreting schools' grades is highly subjective, say educators who don't like the way they're calculated

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GREENFIELD –– The state’s much-debated A-F letter grades have finally been released by the Indiana Department of Education, and they show three of the four county school districts received A’s. Mt. Vernon received an overall grade of B.

Educators say they are glad to finally know where individual schools stand throughout the state, but with a late release date, the 2012-13 marks are based on old data. Some educators don’t feel the grades are an accurate picture of student growth.

“It is what it is, but I have no confidence in it,” Mt. Vernon Assistant Superintendent Mike Horton said. “I think this whole hing has been such a fiasco.”

What the current grades really mean is anyone’s guess, educators say, particularly after reports that former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett asked his staff to change a letter grade for Christel House Academy South from a C to A in 2012. That school earned an F this year, according to The Associated Press.

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