“It’s hard for a parent to hear, ‘Give me a year or two and I’ll fix that — their kid does not have a ‘year or two”” ~from Standards Based, A Maine Case Study
Parents want what works; what is best for their children, and, the “best and wisest” take their responsibility to demand such of policymakers to heart. …time for a Hippocratic Oath for School Boards and Superintendents; “First, do no harm….”. Please welcome our most popular author, cent7. …and brace yourself, WordPress — the stats are about to go off the charts! This year at Katahdin the freshmen were subjected to the new Standards Based Proficiency grading system. They were totally unprepared to implement this system of grading, which makes me wonder why they bothered to start this when they did not have to. Confidence in administration is already low, but this is not right to make guinea pigs out of the freshman class. When you are unprepared to answer parents questions about grading, honor parts, and honor roll, common sense would dictate you are not ready. Three different report cards, one which was 42 pages. What can you say about that, crazy right! It just furthers the belief that there is such a disconnect between administration and parents. Administration can apply for an extension so they can be adequately prepared to implement this grading system. This is a no brainer, figure out what you are doing so that kids are not guinea pigs for what could be another educational fad. Show people you care about kids and do what’s best for them. Go back to high expectations and grades.