Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller issued the following statement today on Indiana Department of Education Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s proposal to pause A-F accountability:
“Stand for Children Indiana is opposed to a pause in accountability and urges the State Board of Education not to pursue the idea.
“We do agree with Superintendent Ritz that action needs to be taken by state leaders to prepare parents, schools and communities for the significant changes that go along with the new, rigorous standards and the newly-designed assessment. However, we believe that should come in the form of a focused outreach effort to ensure that all Hoosiers know how they will be impacted by this new, 21st century assessment system. Schools need to be educated about how the new assessment will impact accountability, and families need to be prepared for students’ scores to drop due to the increased rigor of the assessment.
“But it would be wrong to halt the A-F system, as it is an important tool for parents to assess the performance of the schools they are sending their children to. Our families deserve more transparency—not less.”