The Reading (Pa.) Eagle has a smart editorial questioning the state’s rating system for schools. It seems that quite a few local schools did not make “adequate yearly progress.”
The editorialist wrote:
“…we do not believe this is a sign local districts suddenly are doing a poor job. It’s a sign of an incomprehensible system that sets up schools to fail and encourages an educational structure focused on getting high test scores rather than well-rounded learning.
“Only a bureaucrat could comprehend the regulations involved. Some schools on the warning list achieved higher scores than others that were judged to have met the standard…
“It is noble to say that schools should aim for every child to succeed, and they should, but the reality is that for a variety of reasons some students will not, regardless of what educators do. The current system of arbitrary benchmarks does not seem to recognize that.”
How remarkable that the Reading Eagle understands that the system itself is fundamentally flawed and that it sets up schools to fail? Sooner or later, the newspaper will realize that this predictable failure is part of someone’s business plan.
How is it possible that the Reading Eagle understands what is happening, while the influential New York Times stubbornly supports the metrics, no matter how absurd they are?
Maybe someone who writes for the Reading Eagle has children in the public schools. Maybe they have talked to real teachers.