Pass /Fail – Ohio Schools – The Grade ???? Guest Blogger

March 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm 2 comments

ED Note : I was sent this link – it takes a few minutes but I believe explains a lot about the educational system and sorry you may have to paste the links are still having an issue this morning

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice writes again!

From the Elyria-Chronicle Telegram
March 9, 2012

“Ohio schools could see drop in their state ratings”
COLUMBUS — Ohio schools will see their state-issued ratings drop under a new system of evaluating their progress.
Several newspapers report that state Superintendent Stan Heffner has told districts the new system is “far more rigorous.” He alerted superintendents in an email this week that grades on state report cards will be lower by one or even two levels.
Last year, 382 school districts and charter schools in Ohio received the equivalent of an A, or excellent rating. The Dayton Daily News reports 22 would have gotten that top grade if the new system were in place.
The state outlined the plan last month as it seeks a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.
Heffner says the new system will provide a better picture of how schools are performing”


I find this article to be most interesting. So, again the “State” is going to re-vamp the scoring system and make it “far more rigorous”. Why now? Is it because so many of the schools state-wide are getting “acceptable” scores? Is it that the “State” scoring was skewed to start with? Is it because this way more schools need help and can be used to justify their “state-fed” jobs? Is it because they CAN?

It has been an on-going process with test scores. It seems that each year the number of point your school can earn is changed. The requirements change yearly even though the same things are being taught. The manipulation is hurting all of us. We look like a state that can’t make up our minds on how to implement criteria.

We are doing a huge disservice to our students by constantly stressing testing and the resulting scores to evaluate how the school system is doing. How do any of us (students, teachers, administrators, parents, taxpayers) supposed to know what is going on with the educational process?

Oh yes! They also want a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. That’s even more interesting. You see a lot of the changes in formulas and reporting criteria were implemented to satisfy No Child Left Behind. So we got more testing, more nonsense scores and now we want to drop that and change it all. If we get the waiver granted and are out from under NCLB, will we be in line to LOSE federal dollars that we keep being told are so important to our districts.

STOP IT ALREADY!!!!! Please make up your minds. Give us something that makes sense. I’m hearing that song again (Dizzy, I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning’, like a whirlpool . . .)

ED Note – Due to technical problems I cannot for the moment link back to art sources etc. I will do so once the issue is resolved .


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian  |  March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I think the public doesn’t really understand how the tests are given or scored, just that Lorain scores are at the bottom. Spinning this any other way is pointless to most parents because no one is giving an acceptable answer to why, regardless of how skewed or stupid the tests are, Lorain scores are rock bottom.

    If my child came home with a C or lower on their report card, I was wanting an explanation and typically it was something my child could improve on. Why shouldn’t the same standards be applied to the teaching system that teaches our children.

    The only part that most parents, myself included really care about is why is Loarins scores the worse compared to others. Plain and simple. Talking about anything else besides addressing why Lorains scores are the lowest and what our school system is doing to correct this shows the failure of the system.

    Here is an example for you…
    “Johnny, why did you get so many F’s on your report card”
    “Mom, it’s not my fault. The teacher gives stupid tests”
    “It would be more believable if everyone in your class were failing, but your teacher is saying you got the lowest grade in your entire class.”
    “But momma, Can you increase my allowance? I promise to get better grades if you give me a bigger allowance.”
    “Johnny, go sit in the corner and take a time out and stay there until you are ready to talk about what is wrong here. I don’t want to hear anything else from you until you are ready to tell me what you can do to bring up your grades.”
    “Momma, we are poor and I need more money”
    “Who told you that? Being poor doesn’t make anyone stupid”
    “My teacher…”
    “Johnny, there is no acceptable reason why you have the lowest grades in the class. End of discussion”

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  March 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    And from todays’ MJ with the new reporting Johnny gets a D

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