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House Passes McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

February 4, 2013

By Samantha Morgan
Capital News Service

RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell praised the House after delegates on Monday passed legislation that would provide a simpler way to understand a school’s performance and the state’s accreditation system.

McDonnell issued a statement after delegates voted 54-40 to approve House Bill 1999, which would require the Virginia Board of Education to grade each school on an A-F scale.

“I was pleased by the bipartisan support in the House of Delegates for our common-sense plan to bring more transparency and accountability to Virginia’s public schools. I encourage my friends in the Senate to support this legislation that will provide a simpler way to understand a school’s performance on the state’s accreditation system,” McDonnell said.

“Parents and families will have another tool to advocate for and achieve better schools for their communities. If we aren’t giving students in every ZIP code the opportunity for a world-class education, we have failed them.

“It’s time for Virginia to adapt this common-sense A-F school grading system that has been successfully implemented in other states and will help us continue to make real improvements in the quality of our children’s education.”

During a conference call with reporters on Friday, McDonnell called upon Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, in an effort to rally support for the letter-grade plan. During Bush’s first term in office, the A-F grading system was implemented in all Florida public schools

HB 1999 is being sponsored by Delegate Thomas “Tag” Greason, R-Landsdowne. It is part of McDonnell’s K-12 legislative agenda. Under the bill, the letter grade would be in addition to the more detailed accreditation standards for individual school performance.