1. Lets grade our legislature. That's fine, it is still a good thing
we're grading our schools. 2. Why not make teachers
individually take these tests? Garantee they understand the material
they're expected to convey to their students at whatever grade level they
teach. I would love something like that too... it is still a good thing
we're grading our schools. 3. This isn't about having
sympathy for schools that struggle. It's about getting results in a world
where if you fail at education you fail at having a life and SEVERELY depress
your kid's future. I don't care how much you believe your
school is exceptional, if you can't meet basic state standards, which are
what these tests look at, then you've got a problem. Employers can only
hire so many employees with "special needs", so why are we defending a
school system that's convinced they're all in that category!? It's time there was more accountability in education, maybe we can
get help to those regions failing. If I failed a class, that would tell me
something about my own education. Why doesn't it work both ways?
As a retired educator, I have one thing to write: Have the legislators who make
up these new bills spend one week ALONE in a classroom in a school in a poor
economic area. Have them go to a high school where 48 kids are in one English
class (yes, that was my situation the last year I taught), 36 desks, a
behavioral problem or two or three or....and THEN (maybe) let them figure out
how to "grade" schools.
This "grading" system is about what I expected from a part-time lobby
entrenched legislature. Millions of dollars in infrastructure, salaries and
years of experience are in play, and the best the legislature can come up with
is a letter grade? I suggest that a report, signed by the
author/evaluator of about two to three pages in length that addresses: the
applicable test score results; years experience of management (Leaders are hard
to come by so we settle for managers) in each school; the faculty's
experience and academic preparation for the subjects they teach; the
socioeconomic make up of student population; and history of faculty and
management turnover. Interviews with present and past PTA officials
and a review of the minutes and actions by the applicable school board regarding
major problems raised by faculty, management and public. This data
can be summarized into a report that addresses major areas of success and needed
improvement. No letter grade is to be given but a comment on the school's
ability to meet the goals and standards set for education of the students. The report should also comment on the effectiveness of management, and
school board in their roles.
I wish teachers were as cute and attentive as the one in this article when I was
Yes we can grade our legislature. Vote them out at the next election.
Merely just another article which is trying to brainwash our state into falling
for the vouchers. Our legislature bought off by special interest
groups just won't give up until they get what they want.
Your fawning articles on Jeb Bush and Senator Neiderhauser (he certainly is not
a statesman like former Senate President Lane Beatie) greatly disappoint me.It is very difficult to grade a low income school with a high percentage: - low income, - free or reduced lunch - english as a second
language A great teacher and school may make great improvement and still
fail, while an idiot could teach in a wealthy school -yet the special
interests in the Legislature harp on grading schools - how about our legislature
gets an F for funding since we pay the least per student? Why not mention the
State of Florida (since you fawn over Gov. Bush) has a constitutional amendment
limiting class size to Amendment 8 caps enrollment in core courses at 18
students in Grades K–3, 21 students in Grades 4–8, and 25 students
in Grades 9–12. Does Senate President Neiderhauser plan on retiring
once he qualifies for lifetime medical benefits like many other legislators?
How about a letter grade for each parent.
Irony Guy,I think it's pretty obvious that a legislature would never
get very good grades, partly because anything they do is opposed by ~50% of the
people and for sure 50% of the politicos out there who will oppose anything the
other party does (regardless of what side is doing something).Legislatures (which are inextricably "political") can't be
effectively graded. Because of the politics involved.But I think
Congress would obviously get an F. Only about 10% of the population likes what
they are doing (which isn't a good sign). You would think at least 50% of
the people would like the job Congress is doing. I mean... we ELECTED them!Maybe one good way to grade our legislators would be to vote them out IF
we think they are failing. But that won't happen. Because people are
too afraid THEIR party will lose prestige or power IF they don't support
one of their incumbents. So BOTH sides just keep sending the same people.But if you want to grade legislators.. about the only mechanism we have
Can teachers then put letter grades for the parent? And if the parent
doesn't meet a certain requirement, be held accountable for tax returns and
food stamps? That'll encourage parents to get involved more than anything
How about a letter grade for the Utah legislature, which keeps our educational
funding at the lowest level in the USA?
Isn't it kind of pointless to give a school a grade based on last
year's performance, when a great deal of the staff has changed, and
it's after the new year has started and it's pretty much too late to
base any decisions on the information?
How about a letter grade for each TEACHER?Giving the whole school a
letter grade (but not each teacher) makes about as much sense as giving the
whole class a letter grade (but not each student).It's possible
there are outstanding performing students in a class that on average is getting
a C, just as there may be teachers that are excelling in a school that overall
is not performing up to their level.I would think parents would want
to know which teachers are excelling, not just that their school is failing.
It's not like I'm going to pull my kids from one school and take them
to another based on the school's grade. But they can try to get the good
teachers.Also... IF we grade schools. Would we grade on the curve?
Meaning average schools will get a C and only a few will get an A? Or can
they all get an A? And if they can all get an A... what objective grading
criteria exists (to avoid grade inflation)?