Ohio Senate to vote on letter grades for schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state Senate is poised to vote Wednesday on a bill to bestow A through F grades on Ohio school districts, buildings and specialty programs.

The legislation would give letter grades to school districts, school buildings, community schools, STEM schools and college-preparatory boarding schools based on more than a dozen performance measures.

Grades would be phased in to replace the current five-tier system of excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency. No overall grades for districts would be given this coming year.

Community schools serving mostly academically challenged students would see a different scale developed.

The Senate Education Committee made a slew of technical changes before approving the bill Tuesday. The House passed an earlier version of the proposal and would have to sign off on the revisions.