Thursday, November 8, 2007

Report cards--Huh?

Schools get grades's report card time for everybody, including the schools. And while these report cards for the schools are a good way to communicate what improvements the DoE thinks should be made, they are being done in the wrong way.

85% of th grade a school gets is based on tests (30% student performance, 55% improvement). While tests do mean something, they don't mean that much. Students fail tests for a number of reasons, not just because of how much they no the material. But the real problem is with the improvement section. There were high performing schools that didn't get "A's" because they didn't improve enough. That doesn't mean they didn't have good averages, they just didn't improve. The current system is not right and it's not fair.

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