On another post, Teacher wrote:
I am wandering off topic today and am hopeful that perhaps the Pure Reform Blog Administrators can start a new thread.With the close of the second nine weeks today, I have been busy calculating grades for my students, as are most PPS teachers. I am factoring in 50% scores where 0 scores previously stood. Please note, this means that I am giving half credit to students who decided NOT to do classwork, NOT to take part in discussions, NOT to do homework, NOT to do papers, NOT to study for tests, etc.
Please note that while most parents here cannot fathom this scenario because they value education and have instilled such thinking in their children, the very act of substituting 50% for 0 means many kids pass when they have no business passing. Furthermore, it means that in most cases, grades jump not only to 'D' status but to 'C' status. And in line with that, C students jump to B or A levels.
So I will put it to you, as PPS administration has failed to make any sense of this issue to classroom teachers: HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE? How can any teacher look at this as fair? How can any teacher look at the true efforts of a kid who works hard and only gets 'C' scores and then at the kid who simply puts forth no effort and say to himself, well, they are equal?Please explain it to me.
Then let's hear from Dr.Barnett about achievement gaps and disparities.
Posted by Teacher to PURE Reform at January 23, 2009 3:45 PM