In response to today's report regarding the issuance of accountability grades for 2011-2012, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued the following statement:
"I want to thank President Pro Tem Long and Speaker Bosma for their leadership in conducting this swift review with the Department of Education. I also want to thank John Grew & Bill Sheldrake for their diligent work in preparing this report.
"The Department of Education believes that today's report shows that discrepancies were found in the calculations of 2011-12 accountability grades regarding the adherence to State Board of Education rules and the application of those rules. I believe in a strong accountability system that is accurate, transparent and drives school improvement. The Department of Education is committed to strengthening our accountability system to address its flaws that have been talked about in our schools and communities since its inception.
"The Department of Education appreciates the statistical work of today's report and will review its findings and recommendations to inform any decisions that will be made regarding 2011-12 grades that were issued, the 2012-13 grades that will be issued, and moving forward to work with the Accountability Panel.
"Moving forward, we need an accountability system that is fair, transparent and trustworthy. As Superintendent, I will work with the Accountability Panel and leaders throughout the state to build just that system."