Louisiana's school grades, with changes, to come out in Nov.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Superintendent of Education John White says annual letter grades for Louisiana's public schools will be released Nov. 8.

The grades, along with accompanying school performance scores, spell out how students fared on key tests, graduation rates and other measurements.

This year, students and their parents will see changes in the rating system that make it harder for schools and districts to land an A. The changes are aimed at making students more competitive with their counterparts nationally.

The Advocate reports an education department analysis predicted the number of F-rated schools is expected to rise 57 percent and those with A ratings to drop 38 percent.

To lessen that blow, lawmakers are requiring that the upcoming round of letter grades show how schools fare under the new grading method and the old one.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com


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