A plan to rate public schools statewide by letter grades A through F is headed to the full Senate.
The Senate Education Committee approved the much-watched bill Tuesday. It would issue letter grades based on student standardized test scores.
Republicans largely back the idea, and it appears likely to clear the Senate, despite Democratic reservations.
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Supporters say grades are easy to understand and will spur parents to force changes at failing schools. Schools are currently rated on a "met standards" or "needs improvement" pass-fail system.
The bill would take effect next year. Texas has already approved implementing a letter grade system for school districts, but not individual campuses.
Opponents worry that attending an F-graded school could stigmatize students, and say poor ratings more reflect inadequate classroom funding than education quality.