At the beginning of each school year, I am required to fully disclose my syllabus to all perspective students and parents.
On the first day of class, I give each student a set of rubrics that I use to gauge written work throughout the year.
Any student can ask how any assessment was graded and conference about it.
That’s part of my job.
Does the state do that for each school when school performance grades and school report cards are published?
Last month, this blog published a post on the opaque relationship that our state has with SAS and and its EVAAS value-added measurement tools – https://caffeinatedrage.com/2017/11/26/why-teachers-should-be-wary-of-evaas-and-sas/.
And here is another item to consider.
Last week, State Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson released a video to all public school teachers announcing the new revamped state school report card system.
Here is a frame that is closed captioned –
It says, “Recently, I launched the brand-new website for school report cards: schoolreportcards.nc.gov.”
That means it should be controlled by the state, correct?
Put that into your search bar and you get:
It’s not the actual report card site – just a “Welcome” page. Notice that it has a link to the actual school report card site along with the following text:
The School Report Card website has been completely redesigned for 2017. This interactive website, designed and hosted by SAS, includes printable versions of the North Carolina School Report Card snapshots. For researchers and others who want to dig into the data further, an analytical site is available here.
The actual “School Report Card” website has a different domain name.
Actually, the chain is from a .gov to a .org to a .com.
There is a link “for researchers and others who want to dig into the data further – an analytical site.”
There is a lot to explore in the analytical site, but where is the actual rubric, the formula for calculations, the explanation of how achievement and growth come together to get this report card?
If a teacher could not explain exactly how a grade was calculated, then that teacher’s assessment would be called into doubt.
Except here, we have an entire state spending taxpayer money to a company that will not publish its “rubric” and “calculations” for its own assessment.