Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho lauded student achievement while criticizing the state’s A-to-F school grading system as “dysfunctional” during Thursday’s opening of schools address.
The new school year begins for students Aug. 19.
“The state needs to decommission the old formula,” he told hundreds of teachers and other school district employees gathered at the Fillmore in Miami Beach for the annual event. “This is a broken system that is hurting our kids.”
Despite experiencing a rise in student performance and winning one of the country’s top education awards, the Broad Prize for Urban Education, a growing number of schools received failing grades from the state Department of Education. This year 68 schools (both district-run and charter) received a D or F – a 7 percent increase from last year.
Carvalho knows that school grades and the high-stakes testing regime which drive them have been the only thing that matter in Florida schools. Moreover, guys like Carvalho understand that the utter dysfunctional nature of Florida’s school grade apparatus demonstrates the folly of SB 736 and it’s devotion to the same high-stakes testing regime.
Maybe we’ve reached a point where all the talk about implementing Common Core becomes moot, as the accountability system has lost credibility and is collapsing before our eyes. How can such an unknown be shoved into a system that, at best, is broken; and at worst, never should have been implemented in the first place?