CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana's school grading system has come under scrutiny lately with accusations that one school's grade was changed. Now, one area educator is sharing his opinions.
"The system we have in place right now is so convoluted it takes a rocket scientist, to be completely honest, to get through it," said South Vermillion School Superintendent, Dave Chapman.
Even with his years of experience as superintendent, that's Chapman's response to Indiana's current A through F grading system.
That system has recently come under scrutiny after former head of schools Tony Bennett allegedly changed one school's grade from a C to an A .
"It's disheartening for those of us who have put so much time and effort in to our profession to have that kind of black eye cast on public education," said Chapman. "We're already taking a beating as it is in many areas and we're doing everything we can to improve our image and to have something like that from our state leader, that's very disheartening from where we stand."
The A through F scale is part of teacher's evaluation, and more importantly compensation. It looks at student achievement, graduation rates, and career readiness.
While not a fan of the current system, chapman agrees that these subjects matter significantly.
"They need to be held accountable just like our teachers, and administrators, and the board of education, but at the same time we need to treat them as individuals and not a number," said Chapman of students.
Add in the current ISTEP debacle and with numbers still not in, evaluations for teachers will be hard to come by. However, for some educators, it's all in how you look at it.
"It's going to be a bit of an obstacle for us but we're looking at that obstacle as a challenge because we've got great teachers here," said Chapman, "we're really going to push forward and take this as a challenge and move forward and do great things here at South Vermillion."
Current state school superintendent Glenda Ritz ordered an internal review of the grading system.
That review will take place in the coming weeks.
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