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      Letter-grading plan for Ark. schools to go on view

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' more than 1,000 public schools will soon be graded with the same A-through-F rating system the schools apply to their students.The letter-grade system, required by changes in state law in 2013, is in the final stages of development. If approved by the state Board of Education later this year, letter grades will replace an older, little-noticed practice of rating schools on a 1-to-5 scale.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1pUC1k4 ) that the system aims to provide accountability in an easy-to-understand format for parents and the general public. The law has no penalties directly tied to the low grades.An analysis by the Denver-based Education Commission of the States says Arkansas will join at least 14 other states in using A-F letter grades. They include Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
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