HB18-1019 (Foote) Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Accreditation Weighted Factors

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: January 19, 2018

Summary

The bill requires the State Board of Education to create a weighted accreditation system that assigns greater value to high school graduation rates that are based on more rigorous coursework requirements. It also requires the State Board to compare school district performance based on school district size.

Position

The Children’s Campaign opposes this bill and will request amendments. We do not believe that the bill as introduced will accomplish the goal of setting a higher bar for graduation and getting more students to meet that bar. The bill gives extra weight to districts that require more rigorous course work (seat time), which runs counter to the direction towards competency-based graduation requirements that the state has been headed for many years. We also believe that forced rankings of districts within size bands could result in performance being artificially inflated or lowered and could create confusion for families trying to understand school quality.

Current Status

Assigned to the House Education Committee