SCS/SB 719 - The State Board of Education shall develop a simplified annual school report card for each school attendance center, including charter schools. Each school, including each charter school, will be given a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F based on the percentage of points earned on six academic performance indicators, as described in the act.
The report card shall be made publicly available on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website and shall be distributed by each school to the parents of each student. A school may distribute the report card through electronic mail.
Alternative schools will not receive a report card unless they specifically request one. Grades will not be assigned to schools if the number of students tested is smaller than the minimum sample size necessary based on professional practices for statistical reliability. The report card shall also identify each school's performance as having improved, remained the same, or declined based on the prior year in terms of the letter grade and value.
This act is substantially similar to SB 28 (2015) and a provision contained in SB 521 (2014), and is similar to a provision contained in SB 408 (2013).