Tuesday, August 16, 2016
What Metric Should One Use To Determine If A Student Will Be A Sucessful Adult?
A couple of years ago, I proposed that the "college and career readiness" metric should be used to determine if a school was giving their students a quality education and on track to being a successful adult. I received some undeserved flack from my fellow bloggers and teaching colleagues when this metric showed that majority Black schools did the poorest using this metric. The more sane of my critics pointed out that the "college and career readiness" metric was not an appropriate indicator of adult success. However, nobody proposed a better metric. The reason I used this metric was because Principals and the DOE could not manipulate the "college and career readiness" metric.
By contrast throughout the DOE academic fraud is practiced and even condoned at Tweed, be it the bogus graduation rate, phony credit recovery programs, undeserved credit accumulation, or scholarship requirements that forces teachers to pass 80% or more of their students (included frequent absentees) or face low observation ratings.
In January I used a ratio between the graduation rate and college readiness rate for all unscreened high schools in Queens and found any school with a ratio of 3 or less was giving a quality education. On the other hand, any schools that was higher than 3 raises doubts about how successful their graduates would be in the adult world. While I received less criticism, there were the same complaints about using the "college and career readiness" metric.
Today I received a call from a professor from a well known college who was preparing a detailed study on which schools graduate the most successful students into the adult world. We talked about culture, poverty, family, and peer influences and then he asked me which metric I would use to predict student success in the adult world. Not surprisingly I cited the "college and career readiness" metric since it could not easily be manipulated by principals. The professor stated that he was looking for a metric that corrected for all the factors we discussed and using the "college and career reediness" metric did not correct for these factors. I mentioned the State tried to do this and most education experts call it 'junk science" and has been universally panned. We finished our conversation with promises that we will keep in touch.
My question to all, what metric would you use to predict the success of a student in the adult world? I'm interested in your thoughts on this matter.