Thursday, June 13, 2013
The DOE Exempts Charter Schools From Its Rule On In-House Regents Grading.
This year the DOE has mandated that all Regents be graded outside the schools and by a central grading group unaffiliated with the school. While that seems fair since the New York Post did expose that the schools that sent out their Regents grades last year showed a significant reduction in scores. Now all schools will have their Regents graded outside the school. Sounds like the DOE is being fair right? Except the DOE has quietly exempted the charter schools from the new Regents grading requirement. That's correct, The charter schools will be grading their own Regents in-house.
The question is why did the DOE exempt the charter schools from the new Regents requirement to outsource the grading? The only possible answer is that the DOE intentionally want the potential grade inflation that are associated with in-house grading to show that the charter schools are doing well when compared to the public schools. To me, there is no other explanation.
In other words, while the DOE will not tolerate potential grade inflation and even cheating from the public schools in Regents scoring and therefore it was outsouced but it's all right for the charter schools to continue to be exempt from the DOE rules when it comes to grading the Regents.
Thanks to the Gary Rubinstein blog for exposing another case of the DOE favoritism for charter schools, be it co-location, student discipline, or educational requirements at the expense of the public schools and their students.