The Rest of the Story on Indiana Grading

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Rick Hess interviews Tony Bennett about the grading flap.  Odd that a few critically important details were left out of the AP story. Perhaps the reporter would like to come by and explain why 13 schools who lacked 11th and 12th grade students should have received zeroes for graduation rates and Advanced Placement work.

What if Tony had let those zeroes stand? Do you think for a moment that some of these same critics would have failed to howl at injustice of it all?

Me neither.

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19 Responses to The Rest of the Story on Indiana Grading

  1. anon says:

    It appears that the schools did not receive zeroes for graduation rates and Advanced Placement work, but rather those categories were not included in their grade calculations.

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  3. SJ says:

    From TB’s staff:

    “OK, here is their breakdown …
    They served grades K-10 in 2011-12 so they are a combined school but do not have any graduates. So their grade is a combination of the standard E/MS model and the HS 9&10 model which only counts ECA proficiency.
    E/MS results: 3.00 on E/LA (no growth bonuses) and 4.00 on math (bottom 25% bonus) = 3.50 points (B)
    HS results: 2.00 on E/LA (70% pass rate) and 0.00 on math (33% pass rate) = 1.00 points (D)
    Final Combined results: E/MS 3.50 x .76 (76% of school is in grades 3.8) = 2.66 + HS 1.00 x .24 (24% of school is in high school) = .24. Thus overall grade is 2.66 + .24 = 2.9 (C).
    Bottom line: their terrible 10th grade Algebra I results (33% passing) was the principal factor in earning a C grade.”

    It had nothing to do with missing 11th and 12th grades and there were no zeroes added in to the formula. It’s like you’re not even trying to make a sound argument.

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