Standardized tests important
Like the quip about democracy, the Children at Risk Guide is the worst, except for all the others. But in this case there is no other. The Leader’s decision not to present the school grade is understandable. People do not like bad news. At least not the same old bad news. The single letter grade for a school is harsh. But so is life. Standardized tests will be very important if you want to become a doctor, lawyer, CPA, police sergeant, or even a school teacher. No teacher seems to like STAAR, but how does the public assess and hold schools accountable? How do parents make wise decisions about what school to send their children to (if they have a choice)? There have to be metrics. And those metrics will give a result. Yes, go to the Texas School Guide website to get the whole story. But the Leader should report the scores.
School rankings rankle parents
Your article is spot-on. These rankings are based on a mere snapshot of a school’s testing ability. Culture, agility, and warmth are not measured.
Be assured the Oak Forest area has some absolutely incredible schools that not only embrace their students warmly, but continue to slog ahead to achievement, enlightenment and academic discovery despite the constant speed bumps of finance trouble and shifting priorities.
It’s just a letter that’s been assigned at a glimpse. Visiting a school is a greater indicator of how it will meet your child’s needs and personality. You can “tell” a school’s culture within 10 minutes of arriving there.