- Elliott Stonecipher
… Tuesday, October 24, 2017 … 9:08 A.M.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education – “BESE” – has voted 8-3 in favor of overhauling its system of annual grades for public schools.
The new system will kick-in for the 2017-2018 school year. (Grades from the existing system are due for release next month.)
The existing grading system has long been under fire from many Louisiana educators and others for being far easier than like systems in other states.
Bosses of our Caddo Parish public schools may well want to hide under their desks when the new system yields its first school letter grades.
In Caddo Parish, as I explained in a February 2016 article (SEE link below), even the existing, easier grading system painted a dark and dire picture of our public schools. As I put it then …
… “We must let this sink in: 24 passing schools and 41 failing schools … nearly two-of-three, 63%, failing.”
Here is the breakdown, by letter grade, for CPSB’s 65 schools in that 2014-2015 school year:
“A” … 5 schools
“B” … 8
“C” … 11
“D” … 23
“F” … 18
(Baton Rouge) Advocate education reporter Will Sentell notes in his article (SEE link below), that, “Critics contend the public will be jolted when top-rated schools suddenly drop a letter grade or more.”
In Caddo Parish, therefore, one must assume the new grading system will mean our Caddo public schools will have only a very few schools with a grade of “C” or higher.
Sadly, though not a surprise, Louisiana’s public education establishment – including the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, Louisiana School Boards Association and Louisiana Association of Principals – opposed the new, realistic grading of our public schools.
Once again, I thank Will Sentell for his excellent work.
© 2017 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Stonecipher 2016 article:
Will Sentell, The Advocate, article: