Head of Education to address State Board of Education

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' top education official is set to address the State Board of Education meeting.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams will kick off the board's three-day meeting on Wednesday.

His comments come two weeks after he told a state Senate committee that he plans to soon order Texas to begin rating schools based on letter grades starting in the fall of 2014.

The current system features classifications like "Exemplary" and "Academically Unacceptable." The new one would replace it with grades A, B, C, D, or F, already used in states like Florida.

Williams has for months been working on a major overhaul of school accountability ratings statewide.

He promises the new system will also better take into account how well school districts are closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.

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