New California school rating system screws kids, protects bad teachers

The new system, called the California School Dashboard, was released last week for field testing. It uses a system of color-coding school districts and individual schools on a variety of factors, displayed in either pie charts or grids.

There’s nothing wrong, per se, with “multiple measures.” But academic performance is, or should be, the most important one. The new system considers it just one of many, making it possible for a school to have a good overall rating even with poor academics, as an initial analysis by the Los Angeles Times found.

Unfortunately, about 60 percent of California’s 6.2 million K-12 students are classified either as impoverished or “English learners,” which implies that their parents will not easily navigate a complicated rating system. And that’s one reason civil rights and school reform groups are not pleased with the system.

The Dashboard is the latest flash-point in a long-running conflict between education equity groups and the education establishment over accountability – and particularly over how the Governor’s Local Control Funding Formula is being implemented.

Bad teachers win, kids lose. Just another school-day in California.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

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