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.

9 comments:

Pissed Off said...

Ritzy private schools, like the yeshivas in the 5 Towns area are also grading their own regents exams.

Chaz said...

Pissed off


They are private schools and are not accountable. However, charter schools are public schools and accountable. Therefore, they should be held to the same standard as other public schools in New York City.

ed notes online said...

Actually charter schools are not public schools though they try to claim they are only when it favors them but not when it doesn't. They are private entities grabbing public money which does make them still accountable but of course they aren't being held to it.

Philip Nobile said...

What do you mean the DOE doesn't "tolerate" Regents tampering?. In fact, the DOE encourages it. Herewith instructions given to AP trainers for scoring Social Studies exams at Jefferson High School on May 30:


"Grade holistically and generously … we want the kids to get their sixty-fives, be kind to them … kids deserve a benefit of the doubt, give the students credit for analysis as “outside information,” students don’t have to cite documents as long as they cite the information in the documents, remember there's no scrubbing. [i.e., no changing ratings]"

Anonymous said...

cmon people all this crap will end when bloomterd leaves office...everything is corrupt with this maniac idiot we call a mayor

Anonymous said...

The DOE really sucks! They don't trust public school teachers to grade their students but it's alright for the charters to grade themselves.

Anonymous said...

Dennis Walcott is the poster person for cheating. He says it will not tolerate it. But in fact he champions it. Take the case of Janet Sacerrno former principle of Lehaman high school. When caught changing grade Walcott promoted her upward to the network. This is just one example of many. And many of these people including Walcott would be rated as ineffective teachers. It is unfortunate that Mulgrew sits quietly and says nothing about this. He is an ineffective leader. Unfortunately he just got reelected. According to my principal under danielson rules none of the teachers in my school are highly effective and very few are effective. In fact he even said that starting in September there will be a massive effort by the DOE to rate teacher ineffective. All of this to take place before Bloomberg leaves office. And of course Mulgrew will be nowhere.

Anonymous said...

wonder if eva can pass any of the regents even if they graded her in-house - wish she would take a charter flight to timbuktu

Anonymous said...

does the new teacher evaluations apply to charter schools?