Over at the Times there's this article reporting that Republicans in the State Senate are sponsoring a bill to assign a letter grade - A-F - to every public school based on outcomes from standardized testing and "other measures."
High schools also would be graded by graduation rate, SAT scores and AP course participation.
Schools that earn “A” grades would be eligible for teacher bonuses and
get more control over the money the state allocates to them.
The bill is sponsored by Senate education Chairman Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island.
I'll have to go over this bill to get more details but, as we all know, SPS does have a scorecard for every school with a host of measures.
The kicker (and the number one objection voiced in the Comments section):
Charter schools and alternative schools would be exempted from the grading, unless they opt in.
And why is that? I thought these were "public" schools and yet they don't have their results poured over. Where is that accountability? That only comes at the hands of their authorizers and the public doesn't get to see what their outcomes are? Hmm.
One commenter provided this link to almost the exact same bill...in Florida.
We should all understand a couple of things. Nearly everything - from the actual initiative itself to every bill that comes forward now that involves charters - will be coming from outside Washington State (probably via Stand for Children). Rob McKenna? He recently said he will be working with them on ed issues.
Also, where is the money coming from to create this grading system by OSPI and the Board of Ed? For districts to enact it? An unfunded mandate if ever there were one and yet, not a penny that would actually go into the classroom.