Low Grade for High Performance
November 29th, 2007

It has been almost a month since the Department of Education released its report cards for public schools, but the grades and the methods of determining them continue to come under attack. Writing in the Sun today, Jackie Bennett, a high school teacher and blogger, assails the low grade for high performing schools, particularly P.S. 35 on Staten Island, which got an F even though its students, many of whom are low-income, have high test scores.

The problem, though, is not so much the score itself but what will come next. The education department “says something is rotten here, and my gloomy guess is they will want to set it right,” Bennett says. “Like all failing schools, P.S. 35 must create an action plan for change. Rather than seeing its strong culture and curriculum flourish citywide, we are more likely to see it snuffed out.”

For more critiques of the report cards, see “How Testing Fails the Arts,” by Richard Kessler and “Why Parents are Confused,” by David Bloomfield.

By on November 29, 2007, 8:48 am
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