November 27, 2013
The Roanoke Times opines, "Struggling schools slapped with a D or an F aren't the only ones that will be shortchanged by a state law creating an overly simplistic grading system. Under the letter-grade formula approved by the Virginia Board of Education last week, most Virginia schools will likely receive an A or a B starting next fall. But parents whose children attend those schools won't learn a thing from such a dumbed-down label. All schools have strengths and weaknesses, assets and challenges not easily conveyed in 1/140th of a tweet."
Progressive Point: Every child in Virginia has the right to a quality public education that prepares him or her to succeed in a 21st century economy. To ensure that right for our children, we need quality schools that are assessed accurately. Bob McDonnell's A-F school grading system won't explain school performance to parents nor will it help students whose scores may be suffering from language issues or poverty.
Ensuring a good education for all is the foundation of Virginia's future economic success. A single, simplistic grade isn't sufficient to summarize an entire school. Our children don't receive one grade to rate their total performance over the entire year. Grading schools in this simplistic way without learning and accurately understanding what is helping some students achieve and causing others to fall behind is foolhardy. Helping our children succeed in an increasingly global economy should be the driving force behind public education decisions. Our parents and communities need a comprehensive approach to get there, not a simplified A-F grade.
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