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Assigning Letter Grades to Public Schools? The Danger of the Single Performance Indicator


by Jason L. Endacott & Christian Z. Goering — December 11, 2015

Sixteen states require their Departments of Education to assign a single performance indicator such as a “letter grade” to schools within those states. We take a look at the relationship between school grades and poverty in one of these states. Our analysis indicates that there is a moderate negative correlation between poverty and school performance indicators. We discuss the implications for communities and structural poverty and make a plea to reconsider the manner in which single performance indicators are determined.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 11, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18834, Date Accessed: 9/28/2016 2:46:35 PM

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  • Jason Endacott
    University of Arkansas
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    JASON L. ENDACOTT is an assistant professor in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Arkansas.
  • Christian Goering
    University of Arkansas
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    CHRISTIAN Z. GOERING is an associate professor in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Arkansas.
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