Why “Grading” Schools is Wrong


One of my favorite bloggers is Alison Collins. A mom and former educator, she blogs about primarily San Francisco public schools but often touches tangentially on many issues that I find interesting.

In this blog post Alison hits back on the idea of how testing is used to measure our schools and how those measurements are, yet again, a look at how the socioeconomic divide is used to punish the schools of our students most in need.

She writes: “The reality is, we have a segregated education system of HAVE’s and HAVE NOTS. Our current testing and reporting system is built to help affluent parents segregate their kids into well-resourced schools. Thus, our current testing and reporting system rewards public schools that already HAVE while shaming schools which need the most support.”