(JEFFERSON CITY)--If the Missouri Senate approves legislation just passed by the House, simplified report cards for state public schools would be available starting a year from this December.

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Those report cards would include letter grades for performance on state tests for public and charter schools offering classes beyond the second grade.

Principals would be allowed to write up to 250 words giving context or background on their school’s results. Schools getting an overall score of less than 70 percent would need to submit a plan to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education explaining what will be done to make the results better.

Today’s House vote was 128-to-23 in favor.