Guilford Co. schools prepare for new grading plan

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County Schools leaders said they don’t plan to celebrate the number of schools that earn an A under the state’s new test-based grading system.

They won’t talk about schools needing to improve their letter grades, either.

“We’re going to simply report this out as something that is required to be reported out,” Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green told the News & Record on Wednesday. “And then we’re going to focus on those things that we believe to continue to be important for our school district.”

The state is expected to release those A-F letter grades for public schools on Feb. 5.

Schools with the lowest performance on state standardized tests and showing the least amount of growth, or improvement over a year, would get a failing grade.

The idea is to give parents an accessible way to gauge the quality of their local schools. But some school officials, including those in Guilford County, say the labels are misleading and potentially damaging to schools and students.

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