Hoosier education leaders review school grades, seek audit
By TOM LoBIANCO July 30, 2013 3:32PM
Updated: July 30, 2013 10:11PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s top education official says her department is examining all grades awarded to schools under the state’s accountability system to ensure that no school has a mark it doesn’t deserve.
Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s announcement Tuesday came a day after The Associated Press reported that her predecessor and his staff changed the grading formula to ensure that a top Republican donor’s school would get an “A.”
Emails obtained by The Associated Press show former Superintendent Tony Bennett sought ways to give Christel House Academy the higher mark last fall after it initially received a “C.”
Bennett is now Florida’s education commissioner. He says the formula change wasn’t directed solely at Christel House.
Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long has called for an annual outside audit of the grading system.