Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Dropping the Pretense

Brooklyn Principal Jolanta Roloff rolled out her magic pencil and adjusted hundreds of grades, based on Regents exam scores. Obviously, the test scores are far more significant than whatever may have occurred over hours and months in a classroom.

So why bother consulting teachers? If their grades did not conform precisely with the Regents exam, they were clearly of no value whatsoever.

So what if a kid didn't show up to class the whole year, then read a review book and passed? The teacher should have known that would happen. If the kid did excellent work all year but got carried away in an ambulance on test day, the teacher must not have done a good job.

Apparently, though, the new "no excuses" policy applies exclusively to teachers. There will be no consequences for Ms. Roloff.

Chaz has a few thoughts about this.

Thanks to Schoolgal
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