Glenda_Ritz_Superintendent of SchoolsINDIANAPOLIS – Earlier today, January 4th, Senate Bill 200 was released.  If passed, the bill, authored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Dennis Kruse, would hold schools harmless for their A-F accountability grade for the 2014-15 school year as Indiana schools transitioned to more rigorous college and career ready standards and a more rigorous ISTEP+ assessment.

Specifically, Senate Bill 200 provides that a school’s A-F accountability grade for the 2014-15 school year may not be lower than the grade assigned for the 2013-14 school year.

In response to this bill, Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction issued the following statement:

“For the last 18 months, I have been advocating for this type of flexibility as we transitioned to our new standards and assessments.  I want to thank Chairman Kruse, as well as democratic and republican legislative leadership in both the Senate and the House for their work on this vital issue.

“The current version of Senate Bill 200 is common sense legislation that allows schools time to adjust to our new standards and prevents unnecessary economic harm to our schools and communities.  This bill has my strong support.”