Is your state or district planning to create a report card for its public schools?

Advice from New York City: Don’t.

Read this debate. You will see some past and former employees of the school system (and the head of the charter association) who believe in the grades. And you will read some eloquent and knowledgeable critics who know that the grades are erratic, meaningless, and serve no purpose other than to set schools up to be closed.

The city’s Department of Education decided some years ago that the way to improve schools was to grade them. Millions and millions have flown out the window as everyone evaluates everyone else.

And every year, schools learn whether they got labeled A, B, C, D or F.

And with or without grades, the failure continues. And the biggest failure of all is the grading system.