Government "fixes" not necessarily answer to what's ailing schools
In the town of Lala Land, there are two schools, Sunshine and Gray Cloud.
Every Sunshine teacher scored at least 95 on the Teacher Competency Test. PTA membership is 100 percent and their 500 students, all from stable families, benefit from dozens of parent volunteers. Their average student test score was 96.
Every Gray Cloud teacher scored at least 95 on the TCT. There is no PTA to support them and most of their 500 students speak limited English. Their average student test score was 45, so the government labeled Gray Cloud a “failing” school. To help fix the situation, the government declared that children at Gray Cloud may transfer to Sunshine. So half the Gray Cloud parents moved their kids to the “better” school.
The next year, Sunshine students, now one-third of whom speak limited English, scored an average of 72 on the test. That’s a big drop, but still “passing” by government standards.
Gray Cloud’s average score rose from 45 to 54, a significant 20 percent increase. However, the government still considers them a “failing” school, due to their “bad” teachers.
Teachers everywhere can only play the cards they are dealt, no matter what school building they’re in. Except, of course, in Lala Land, where the government knows how to “fix” things.
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