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Virginia superintendents concerned over grading system

Published On: Jun 27 2013 01:22:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2013 12:00:00 PM EDT

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- -

 Virginia school superintendents are worried that a new grading scale to measure schools will end up recording poverty, not quality.

The state Board of Education is developing a formula for calculating easy-to-understand letter grades for each of its schools.

Bristol superintendent Mark Lineburg tells The Washington Post ( the initial formula lawmakers considered was based largely on student performance on state tests. Researchers found that 85 percent of the schools that would score a C or below had poverty ratings of more than 50 percent.

The board is considering other formulas that include test performance as well as other measures used for state accreditation and accountability.

The board was scheduled to discuss what measures should be included on Thursday. It hopes to approve a list by the end of July.