Yesterday, I wrote that the Texas School Accountability System in its current form is intellectually dishonest.
And, just to remind everybody, I’m a school accountability advocate.
Here is the reason why “intellectually dishonest” is more a statement of fact and less an opinion.
First, there is a significant positive correlation between a school serving a large population of economically disadvantaged and at-risk students and the school receiving a low accountability grade.
Second, there is a significant positive correlation between a school serving a large population of affluent and advantaged students and the school receiving a high accountability grade.
Please note that I did not write “Earned” in either case. When a school’s ranking is more significantly impacted by “who” it serves, as opposed to “what” it does, then it is fate and zip code that is really determining school ratings.
Until the school grading system measures adult work as accurately as it measures student poverty, its usefulness for true school accountability is marginal, at best… And intellectually dishonest, at worst.
Think. Work. Achieve.
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