We recently shared this article on our social media and it’s worth taking the time to read.
Public School Options.org has polling data that shows that most voters nationwide prefer a dashboard-like system versus a single A-F letter grade.
According to a summary of their findings, “65% believe an ongoing summary of each school’s status using a dashboard of multiple measurements would be more helpful to parents and policy makers evaluating public schools than a system that provides a single letter grade for each school.”
One of our top concerns about how our schools are evaluated is that we rely (as the article points out), “mostly on standardized-test scores and graduation rates to generate letter-grade report cards” We don’t think that either of those things are the most critical factors to consider when looking at a student’s overall progress. And the polling done by PublicSchoolOptions.org shows that most respondents would agree with us, “Only 14% consider state standardized test scores the critical factor in assessing a student’s overall success in school. The most important factor is student behavior and attitude toward learning (45%) followed by teacher feedback and assessment (21%) and student grades (20%).”
Our leaders should listen to what the voters are telling them and trust parents especially when considering education policy.