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VA House Passes Bill to Grade Schools from A to F

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State Lawmakers could change the way your child's school is rated.

A bill before both houses would grade Virginia public schools with A-F letter grades. It passed the House of Delegates Monday with a bipartisan vote of 54 to 40.

Opponents worry the grading scale could result in unfair comparisons between schools with different needs, marginalizing struggling schools. Supporters say it will help engage parents by demystifying school ratings, and result in a more comprehensive review of school success by incorporating student growth.

"We have students who can't pass our tests right now," bill sponsor, Delegate Thomas Greason, said on the House floor Monday. "But they should get credit for moving up and educating themselves from a low performing student to a high performing student."

A companion bill goes before the state Senate Tuesday morning. If approved, it would become the third component of Governor McDonnell's "All Students" K-12 education reform package.

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