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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