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  • Lori Kirkpatrick

What's Wrong with the A-F Grading System?

What is the A-F campus grading system?

According to the TEA, “much like students receive grades in individual subjects and those are combined for a GPA, the law requires schools and districts to be issued grades based on five different areas of performance or ‘domains’ and those five grades must be combined into a single overall rating.”

A-F was started in Florida in 1999. Virginia repealed it, citing the detrimental effects it would have on communities. Michigan has dropped it. Tennessee is delaying it. West Virginia has decided against it. Texas has moved back the implementation date of A-F due to its lack of accuracy. Which begs the question…

What is wrong with the A-F campus grading system?

My opponent’s record as Trustee over the past nine months includes voting in favor of the DISD legislative agenda in September that advocated for the repeal of the A-F school rating system, amongt other items. Just months later in January, he voted against a resolution that supported increased funding, opposed vouchers, and opposed the A-F rating system; he cited his support of A-F as the reason he voted against this resolution. His support of A-F is unacceptable.

I believe A-F is poor public education policy. My stance on this issue has helped me to earn the endorsement of the National Education Association - Dallas, and the Network for Public Education.

While I recognize that one Trustee alone can’t change this state legislation, I know it will take the strength of many voices coming together across our state to stand up against this failed system and it will need to start with District leadership.

Dallas ISD students, teachers and families deserve a Trustee who will advocate for public education. I am ready to do just that for the sake of our community’s schools and our children’s futures. I hope I will earn your support and that you will vote for me during this Runoff. Early voting is May 30 - June 6. Election Day is Saturday, June 10.


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