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MiddletownMarty

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 4:47:22 PM

For-Profit School Backed By TN GOP Caught Deleting Bad Grades


A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.”

A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from October and September.

“After … looking at so many failing grades, we need to make some changes before the holidays,” the email says, adding that each teacher needed to “take out the October and September progress [reports]; delete it so that all that is showing is November progress.”

“If you have given an assignment and most of your students failed that assignment, then you need to take that grade out.”




Real education professionals contact parents, offer extra help, alter teaching strategies, make accommodations for special education students, and use tiered instruction to address failing grades.




[Edited by: MiddletownMarty at 2/13/2013 4:51:28 PM EST]
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AC-302
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 1:31:19 AM

OK, so are you saying that the Republican party of Tennessee ORDERED this misdeed? Are you making another accusation? Or are you saying that a school backed by the Republican party of Tennessee actually has bad education and therefore that's why we need to keep public school "Democrat" education? Please explain your position, if you are able.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:43:52 PM

"It's a general ethical failure when teachers care more about measurements of quantifiable results rather than the wholistic concept of educating students."

There's a tension there. Teachers overwhelmingly care more about holistically educating children, but the public to whom teachers are accountable demands quantifiable results. Test scores matter; music and art classes, not so much.


"Same with Obama, nobody knew what the Brotherhood were all about!"

Nothing about this topic involves Obama. Take your hatred elsewhere.
(pfft)

[Edited by: MiddletownMarty at 8/20/2013 8:49:06 PM EST]
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e_jeepin
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 8:33:46 PM

Similar to Banned Muslim Brotherhood hyped by Obama as a solution to Egypt?

The GOP should have seen right through those cheating administrators.

Same with Obama, nobody knew what the Brotherhood were all about!

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EZExit
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:21:41 PM

If this is indeed true, than they are no better than the public schools. I'll also have to agree with sgm, if you create a fertile ground for fraud, some will indeed flourish in it.
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citizen1
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 7:17:16 PM

How dare they even grade that is bad for self esteem.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 2:28:04 PM

Well said, sgm4law! We've seen many examples of that from Florida to California to right here in Maryland.
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10:58:45 AM

Ethics failure. Not only in for-profit entities. Teachers cheat when their promotions and retention are based on scores, too.

It's a general ethical failure when teachers care more about measurements of quantifiable results rather than the wholistic concept of educating students. When everything is based on numbers, and number can be gamed, unethical people will attempt to do the gaming.
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 4:56:00 PM

We are having the same problem here in Wisconsin.
The GOP pushed for more private for profit schools.

AND

There is nothing in place to see if the kids are learning anything.

The state has refused to force the private schools to use the same standard that MUST be used by the public schools.

Payoffs?

Makes a person wonder.
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