Is Lubbock-Cooper ISD’s “B” really an “F” rating?

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedThe oh-so-dreaded, by educrats, A to F public school rating system was released by the Texas Education Agency. You can look up your school district’s rating at txschools.org and remember that individual campus ratings do not come until next year.

There are a few ridiculous components of this school grading system but overall the system provides a fair way to compare the quality of a school district against other districts and in that it has great value to parents and taxpayers.

The system will also be of value to true professionals in education who want to be measured so that they can work toward better results. For those who are prone to excuse making as opposed to improvement, it’s just another system to decry as unfair and useless.

The system will also be of value to true professionals in education who want to be measured so that they can work toward better results. For those who are prone to excuse making as opposed to improvement, it’s just another system to decry as unfair and useless.

Having looked at the ratings for the area in which I live, I say the bar for a “B” is set low enough that most districts, rich and poor tax base alike, were able to make a solid “B” with a few earning the top “A” score.

Interestingly Lubbock Cooper ISD earned 84 out of 100 which was a “B” but the district has told us, in advance, that the “rating will not be a measurement of the hard work our students and teachers put in all year long, but an analysis of a once-per-year test score. It will fail to determine academic success, instead gauging the economic status of our students. It will not accompany any encouragement or suggestion for improvement, but will potentially label our campuses, neighborhoods, and community as lacking.”

So let us take Lubbock Cooper ISD at their word, as given in their political screed about the ratings system and how horrible and worthless it is, and assume that the district is not a “B” performer and might be an “F.”

It is not, but clearly its politically minded educrat leadership earns that failing grade.

What do you think?...

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