Texas Schools Will Be Rated With Letter Grades

AUSTIN (April 2, 2013)—Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told the state Senate Education Committee Tuesday that he will order a change in the way schools and school districts are rated to a system based on letter grades A through F starting next year.

The current system ranks schools and districts on a scale from "Exemplary" to "Academically Unacceptable."

A series of bills in the Texas Legislature sought to replace the existing system with grades, which are used in Florida and some other states.

Williams told the committee Tuesday that he planned simply to order the change beginning in academic year 2014 without waiting for legislative approval.

Williams said he was going to announce the change last week when unveiling a totally revamped school accountability system, but he said he delayed that announcement when he was summoned to address the committee.

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