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Education Oversight Committee needs major reality check

Posted: October 12, 2017 3:27 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Imagine if the teacher of your child or grandchild or some other young person in your life told the class that no matter what grades were made on a given test, 30 percent of the class would fail. I feel very certain in saying that this would be viewed as unfair and arbitrary, and with good reason.

On a larger scale, this is exactly what the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) has decided to do with school ratings under its newly adopted accountability system. Under this system, 30 percent of the schools in our state will be rated as below satisfactory, no matter what achievement is attained or what improvement is shown.

How does this begin to make sense? What would have been wrong with setting a standard and simply challenging schools to meet or exceed it versus putting schools on the proverbial bell curve? Based on this wrongheaded approach, schools making significant academic improvement will still be rated as failing.

I challenge the 12 non-educators on the EOC to work for two weeks in a real school and then come back and defend this decision. The EOC obviously needs a dose of reality.

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