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June 3, 2012

Why California Should Scrap the Academic Performance Index

Richard Lee Colvin:

A few years ago, the symptoms of academic failure at Audubon Middle School southwest of downtown Los Angeles were obvious. Students roamed the trash-strewn campus during class hours, unafraid of consequences. The principal was rarely around, and when he was, he almost never visited classrooms. Observations required for teacher evaluations often were not done, yet teachers still received good ratings. The faculty divided into camps. Some closed their classroom doors and did the best job they could. Others did little more than show videos, knowing it didn't matter. The nearest Subway restaurant did a brisk business delivering sandwiches to classrooms during instructional time. "This was not a functioning school," one teacher said. "It was sink or swim, and we were just barely keeping our heads above water."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 3, 2012 1:11 AM
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