INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Public schools around Indiana will soon learn their new grades under the state's A-F system.
The State Board of Education is scheduled to approve grades for the more than 2,000 public schools across the state on Wednesday.
The system is based largely on student standardized test scores and gives schools and districts A-through-F grades instead of ranking them by categories such as "academic progress" and "probation" as had been done until 2011.
The grades will reflect schools' performances during the 2011-12 school year.
The state hired private companies last year to take over four schools in Indianapolis and one in Gary after years of poor student scores.
The state board approved rules for the new grades in February despite criticism that the rules are unfair and inaccurate.