At the last Leon County School Board meeting, a parent cited the low school grade of Astoria Park Elementary as an indication of a “low performing” school. She was upset that she could not school choice out of the school she was zoned for.
LCS Board member Rosanne Wood took the opportunity to express her views on school grades. The video of her comments are at the end of this report. A summary of the comments are provided below.
School Board Member Rosanne Wood’s comments on school grades made at the February 24th LCSB meeting.
A lot of this fear… is the misunderstanding that our community and our parents have about school grades…
People see that the school grade is a C and they suddenly think it’s an inferior school.
School grades are a measure of who walked in the door and what skills they had when they walked in the door in general …
…and schools can bump them up a little bit and they try and they do but it is not the reflection of what goes on in that school the kind of teaching that goes on, the work sometimes it’s twice as hard….”
If you talk to actual parents in those schools they’ll say they love their school and they are branded you know in a very unfair way by school grades…
Sometimes schools because of the school grade get this negative rap and I so object to it because it was such a misrepresentation of whats happening in our schools.
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