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Was just informed that the spring MCAS results will be made available to the public by mid-September; however, our school principals and superintendent were given these results by the state in early August. This is school bureaucracy working at its worse! After all, by mid-September all superintendents and school administrators would have already have received their salary increases and bonuses!
Also, I’m sure this extra time was given to school administrators is so that they could develop excuses and strategies for poor or mediocre results in some school districts.
Of course it would be too transparent of the state and school bureaucracies to expect them to release these results to the public at the same time they receive them since it would give parents and all stakeholders an equal opportunity to review them prior to the start of school. Our education system in this country remains the last socialist program in this country needing a complete overhaul.
I don't think any other district has released MCAS results either so I would not call this a conspiracy.
Incorrect. How do you know that our Mayor has not convinced the school committees in every other district to withhold their results also? Can you prove that he did not do that? Ok then, it must be true, correct?
The state ed department "embargo" on MCAS results is a real thing. That being said, just watch how long it will take this School Committee and superintendent to have a public discussion of the results, and how they will dance and spin. Also watch to see how they will twitch and deflect when it comes to the SAT and AP results that the College Board released already (students have been notified of their AP results). They'll put that creep from guidance up there as late as they can get away with and give him some pre-scripted lingo to explain away all the crappy results and glorify the mediocre ones. Then they'll go back to glorifying themselves and their new USDA-stamped "doctorate" administrators that we're supposed to believe are really great even when it's plain as day that they're charlatans. But it's all okay because the parents don't care and neither do the kids, actually. How can they know what they're missing when they haven't ever seen a competent administration in their 12-13 years here? Gawd help us all that this is the ignorant and complacent citizenry that will keep on giving with all the ignorance compounding itself as these poorly educated kids go out into the world.
Are you saying those things about the guidance counselor because he is gay? I think he is a fairy nice fellow.
If we don't take education seriously, why should the kids? God help them, they model themselves after us. They can distinguish between what adults really care about, and what adults pretend to care about.
For example, the College Board at Melrose is a three-ringed circus of deceit. Of course you can teach effectively AP-level work in multi-level classes -- except you can't. Of course you can refuse to enroll kids in AP courses for which they are not qualified -- except you can't. Of course the students make a good-faith effort to score well on exams for which they are not prepared-- except when often don't, and follow the common practice of leaving the test after signing their names.
After participating in this shoddy charade, though, our students have learned some important lessons. We have taught them that academic work is a sham, not an honorable discipline. We have taught them that we don't care, and neither should they. And we have developed and instilled in them a strategy for sleazing through future academic challenges that will surely not stand them in good stead for very long.