Ohio: Superintendents Blast School Grades 

Texas is implementing the same stupid concept. Thanks, Lt. Dan (Dan Patrick, Lt. Governor of Texas)

It was a bad idea before it was passed, it was a bad idea after it was passed and it will remain a bad idea from this point forward.

A few more of my feelings are below:

https://davidrtayloreducation.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/the-scarlet-letter-again/

Diane Ravitch's blog

The state’s grades for school districts in Ohio were released, and they were mostly awful. The idea for giving letter grades originated with Jeb Bush, and no one has ever produced an iota of evidence that they lead to school improvement although they surely produce teaching to the test and misplaced goals.

Charter school grades were even worse than public schools. 75% of charter schools ranked D or F. Two-thirds of charters ranked F, compared to 25% of public school districts. I don’t think this is what Jeb Bush had in mind. More than half of public school districts rated A, B, or C.

Two experienced superintendents decried the farce of school grades, which are a holy grail to those on the right who are intent on defaming public schools and pushing privatization.
But, not surprisingly, the spokesman for the right wing Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Where I was a…

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2 Responses to Ohio: Superintendents Blast School Grades 

  1. teachingeconomist says:

    If grading schools using letter grades is stupid, what does that mean for grading students using letter grades?

    • drext727 says:

      For the most part students are graded using numeric grades.

      In Texas, the state uses approximately 30 different data points to determine the “grade” of a school. If one sub-population is below par then the whole school will be graded as “not meeting standard”.

      Example: If Hispanic males do not pass the Algebra I test then the whole school will be rated not meeting standard even if the rest of the school were superior.

      That makes it a stupid system.

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