Wednesday, June 19, 2013

School Grading System a Farce

The school grading system in Louisiana is a farce. It results in the stigmatizing and unfair condemnation of professional educators, the constant uprooting of innocent children from educationally nurturing environments, transfers from one failed charter to another, the use of gifted and talented to boost grades, the shunning of students with disabilities to boost scores and generally all manner of manipulations that have nothing to do with education. There is no way to fix the grading system because it is based on the incorrect assumption that poverty is not really the overriding factor in student performance. It needs to be simply done away with and replaced by a system that allows educators to tackle the achievement gap in a logical professional way that does not drive dedicated educators away from low achieving communities.

The sad case of Delmont Elementary School in East Baton Rouge Parish is a perfect example of the vicious practices spawned by this insane system. To make a long story short, a new local superintendent misjudged the progress being made at this newly reorganized school in only its second year of a 3 year plan, and uprooted all educators and students in a knee jerk reaction to prevent state takeover. It turns out that the state takeover was not really being planned as confirmed by John White, and the school was making significant progress. So an excellent school will be closed and children shipped around to schools where they are unlikely to ever recover from the destruction of their positive learning environment. An excellent principal and top notch teaching staff will see all of their hard work building a productive school go down the drain. This is the insanity that is called school reform in Louisiana.

Both our state and some local public school systems are being run by incompetent persons who masquerade as educators.

3 comments:

Noah Sullivan said...

It is crazy that they are still shuffling children around like the age old days of desegregation, except now it is deseg based on poverty/non-poverty. History tells us that the ones that have enough "resources" will find a way to remove themselves from the shuffling, no matter what race they come from!

Anonymous said...

It's sad that what these Edudeformers tout as what's "Good" for "other people's children" is never quite the same as what they choose for their own children. They choose well funded, well resourced schools with a broad and rich curriculum that includes lots of electives such as the arts and music and languages. In the meantime they continue to reduce resources, narrow curriculum, remove certification and accreditation requirements, establish unfair mandates and policies, and shut down neighborhood schools all in the name of Reform. None of this is backed by any research and has so far not proven effective. This is a horrible experiment inflicted on our most vulnerable citizens that will have far reaching effects on the future of our state. But then again, Jindal and White will be long gone by the time the public realizes the harm. So goes politics on Louisiana...

Noel Hammatt said...

It is truly a farce what is being presented to the citizens of Louisiana by the so-called "Reformers" who collectively probably have less experience in the classroom that Michael Desotels alone has. To see how the grading system is totally flawed, and, as Michael says, is more an indication of poverty in the schools than anything remotely resembling "school quality" see my blog at http://bit.ly/WhatIf5 to read about "Why Schools "Fail" and What If "Failing Schools" aren't?"