Utah and New Mexico Pass A-F school grading

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

The New Mexico legislature approved a proposal to grade schools A-F by a wide bipartisan margin late last night, providing a key reform win for Governor Martinez.  Utah passed a similar measure last week. Governor Sandoval has made school grading a key feature of his education agenda in Nevada, and Arizona passed the measure last year.

The Appalachia of the 21st century prophecy is not taking us here in the Southwest without a fight. At least, outside of California. Someone get Jerry Brown on the line stat!

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3 Responses to Utah and New Mexico Pass A-F school grading

  1. Dan Wolschon says:

    I had a conversation tonight with a life-long friend who is a professor at a Midwest universary for well over 15 years and his main complaint was that the students he is attempting to educate come in at level of a person who does not understand at the level he is teaching. He was told not to fail students as it may make the University look like it is too strident and scare away future student prospects. Enough said for the public school system around the country. Now, if you liberal teachers ( who are real artists at calling people names who disagree with them, oh yeah….when you start calling people names….. you have lost the debate) would get on with educating the children of America and quit filling their heads with socialistic retoric we will survive this quagmire you have thrown us into. Okay, you Libs, fire back. I’ve been through two wars and a goat show and my skin is THICK (unlike yours!).

  2. concerned says:

    The A-F grading is fine, but what criteria will they be using?

    This sort of analysis is very useful to tax-payers:
    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/01/educational_productivity/

    They can hold school boards and district administrators accountable for improvement.

  3. MatthewLadner says:

    That is a very interesting study, concerned. Thanks for sharing.

    The A-F grading formula uses a combination of overall proficiency (percentage of students passing tests) and individual student learning gains (progress over time). Proficiency counts for 50% of a schools grade, 25% on gains for all students, and 25% for the gains of the bottom quartile of students from last year.

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