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How Indiana Gives School A-F Grades Is Changing

The state will now consider chronic absenteeism and how non-native speakers are learning English when calculating school A-F grades.

These two changes come as part of the Department of Education’s draft plan for how the state will comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the old No Child Left Behind law.

ESSA gives states a little more flexibility with how they grade schools and students, including allowing a state to include their own measurements.