Monday, November 12, 2007

Bee Story

Remember those school grades the city handed out - the ones PS 101 and 196 got A's in? Turns out since the most affluent schools didn't get A's too, the grades don't really count. Excerpts from today's Post editorial by UFT Leader Randi Weingarten:

. . .There is something wrong with the design of an accountability system that stigmatizes with low grades schools that have solid, established track records. . . .

. . .Parents and teachers are asking how exceptionally successful schools - such as PS 321 in Park Slope, PS 6 on the Upper East Side and PS 234 in TriBeCa - got Bs. . . .

. . .The focus on standardized test scores pushes schools to devote even more time to test preparation, to the exclusion of important enrichment activities such as class trips, school plays and foreign-language instruction. What other message can a school that got a B or C or D take from this, even when most - if not all - of its students are meeting state standards? . . .

Okay, so let's reassign grades for all schools. Ready? Everyone gets an A! Everyone's great at everything and no one needs improvement anywhere! Especially the schools where rich white parents paid $2 million for a first floor two bedroom!

For the record, 101 and 196 both have the established track records that the other schools have, but didn't seem to get too tripped up by the new system.