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Indiana charter school that led to Tony Bennett's downfall gets an F



Tony Bennett was so sure that the Christel House Academy charter school was excellent, he changed Indiana's school grading system to make it so. The news of the manipulation cost him his job as Florida education commissioner, and threw the entire A-F model that Florida first created into a credibility crisis.

Now the school that started it all has gotten its latest grade, and it's not good. From the Indianapolis Star:

A recent Associated Press report showed Christel House earned an A last year thanks to a loophole: The school hadn’t yet finished expanding into high school, allowing its incomplete high school test scores to be excluded from the grading formula and its score calculated only from elementary school data.

Without the retooling, Christel House would have earned a C, according to education officials’ emails.

But this year, its entire K-12 data was crunched into the formula, a state Department of Education spokesman said, leading to an F.

The Indianapolis charter school filed an appeal over its score but was denied.

[Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 3:23pm]


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