AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Legislature has approved an overhaul of an academic accountability rating system that issues schools and school districts A to F letter grades.

The grading scale only passed last session and hasn’t even been fully implemented, but has been criticized by teachers and classroom advocates — and even some conservative groups that promoted it originally.

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The system currently grades schools on five categories and relies heavily on student performance on state-mandated standardized tests. The bipartisan bill cuts the graded categories to three, applies differently to different grades and focuses on student achievement and progress beyond standardized tests.

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It passed the Legislature late Sunday and now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Top Republicans say grades are easy for parents to understand, but opponents worry that F-rated school stigmatize their students.

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