HB588 has now passed both the House and the Senate. It mandates the development of a grading system that uses A, B, C, D, and F to share with the school community how a school is performing on various measures. It specifies that the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) will develop that system. The grading system must be developed not later than December 31, 2012, to be utilized not later than the 2013-2014 school year.
The bill that was “enrolled” (the term for it having passed both houses but awaiting the Governor’s response) is a bit different from the one that was introduced in that it removed the Performance Bonus portion of the bill.
See this post for more details on the grading system. It is similar to one used in Florida, according to this news source. With the state Board of Education set to consider State Superintendent Dr. Bice’s recommendation to overhaul the state’s accountability and testing system for Alabama’s nearly 750,000 students, this will add one more component to that list, should the Governor sign the bill.
See this post for more details on Bice’s presentation of the accountability and testing system overhaul.