By Robert Mann
After years of hollow talk about no excuses and demanding excellence, and all kinds of TFA psychobabble, state education Superintendent John White finally says, “Never mind.”
If a school bombs once Common Core is in place, the worst it will drop is one letter grade.
The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com reported Friday,
Addressing fears that tougher new tests will result in a spike in F-rated schools, state Superintendent John White floated a proposal Thursday (Sept. 19) to limit the impact: No matter how elementary and middle school students perform on tests this year, their schools’ letter grades will drop only one level at most.
White presented the policy outline to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Superintendents’ Advisory Council in Baton Rouge.
If I arranged my grading scale like that, my students would love me, but they wouldn’t respect me.
So, why should we believe anything White says about demanding the best from schools, students and teachers? Either he and Gov. Bobby Jindal really believe it and practice it, or they don’t. Hint: they don’t believe it, nor do they really practice it.
Once again, we see very clearly the politicization of our state’s educational system. They want us to believe they are pushing hard for excellence, when all they care about is the public perception of their actions.
Plummeting test scores means public outrage and bad press. So what does White propose? Let’s obscure the test results and make sure they don’t really matter.
Remember this story next time you hear White and Jindal talk about demanding “excellence” from our schools and our students.
- Common Core Leaves Out Consideration for the Kids (reason.com)
- Jindal’s voucher program: a vote-buying scam aimed at the Christian right (bobmannblog.com)
- Common Core Is Meant To Destroy and Replace Public School Education (independentsentinel.com)
- Common Core: What’s Behind the Curtain? (independent.com)
- Students’ state test scores expected to plunge (newsday.com)