Problematic letter grades are no good for schools. But for students?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Public school officials spoke out last week against provisions in a new Republican bill that would grade schools on an A-F scale.

“Politically charged” was the way Madison schools superintendent Jennifer Cheatham described the idea.

It would be “politically charged” all right. Start giving taxpayers such universally understandable assessments of their local schools, and suddenly superintendents and school board members in districts with too many Ds and Fs start losing their jobs.

Not that there isn’t reason to be wary of giving letter grades to schools.

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