I said something in my last blog post, that bears repeating and then thinking about.
“When you look at the high schools in the state with the 20 HIGHEST average ACT scores and the 20 with the LOWEST, you discover they have one thing in common.
According to the A-F school report card, both lists have one C school on them.
McIntosh high school in Washington County has an average ACT of only 14.7. In fact, there are only two schools that are lower. Grissom high in Huntsville has an average of 23.1 ACT. There are only five schools in the state higher than Grissom.
But the A-F school report card system says both are C schools. Forget the 8.4 points difference in ACT scores, someone wants us to believe they are equals.”
Let that soak in a minute. The state A-F school report card tells us that one of the high schools with the worst ACT scores in the state and one with the best scores are both C schools.
Somehow we are to suspend reality and believe such crap? And I will go outside tonight to watch the cow jump over the moon.
The legislation creating this very useless process passed in 2012. Here is the second paragraph on page one:
“Section 1. (a) Just as there is value in assigning grades that reflect the performance of public school students
in Alabama, the Legislature finds that there is also value in assigning grades that reflect the performance of the public
schools attended by public school students in Alabama. The Legislature further finds that an easy to understand school
grading system would best serve the interests of the public as a whole, and specifically the parents and guardians of public
school students, by providing another transparent layer of accountability for the public dollars allocated to elementary
and secondary education in the state”
Where did the legislature find value in doing this?. Can someone show me the research they used to support such a statement? Or did they pull it out of thin air as they so often do?
Since being released earlier this year, I have seen just ONE reference to these letter grades. That was on a hit piece of mail a PAC in Montgomery sent out saying “33 of 50 schools graded D or F by the state.”
Of course, no where did anyone mention that these letter grades were based on a test that the state no longer uses because it was deemed unreliable. No where did anyone call A-F “junk” science with no merit.
There is no value in such grades. Unless that is, you are like some folks in Montgomery intent on painting public schools as terrible.
Every law that is passed can also be repealed. A-F school report cards is a prime example of one that should be.