INDIANAPOLIS | Minutes after the Indiana State Board of Education voted to release the A-F grades for individual schools, Glenda Ritz, Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction, called for an independent audit of Indiana Department of Education data. She also offered her own vision for meeting federal requirements for assessing and reporting school performance.
From the start, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s A-F Accountability System has been under fire, Ritz said during a news conference she called Wednesday. This A-F grading system is the clearest way for voters to see the differences in our educational philosophy, Ritz said.
She said Bennett's ideas are based on using complicated formula of flawed data to "punish" schools with the ultimate goal of taking them out of local control and putting them into a government system that ultimately privatizes them.