I received a tweet last night from a woman who said these are images of fifth grade report cards handed out at a local elementary school. She hasn’t responded to my inquiry for more information. I will update this post if I learn more.
The report cards raise a couple interesting issues. First, it seems the school has no idea how to grade students on science and social studies. Second, you have to wonder if science and social studies are priorities. Third, what the heck is a “science process skills rating?”
Common Core is supposed to integrate science and social studies throughout the curriculum. I wasn’t able to find a huge body of information online saying this approach is a failure. There was a well-circulated piece on how students have to read the Gettysburg Address without an accompanying history lesson. (There’s some good news for high school students: New York is updating its social studies curriculum.)
The school that issued the report card above is telling us that it has no way to separately judge how students are performing on science and social studies. That’s alarming.
Update: This report card is from the Greece Central School District, according to multiple sources. One district source said my conclusion that there’s no way to judge the students on those subjects is not correct; they just haven’t finished judging them.
Links of the Day:
– A state lawmaker wants to boot Pearson testing company.
– Parents around the country are fighting Big Data, as governments try to create massive databases on their children.
– Wegmans mislabeled cookies, causing a kid with nut allergies to get sick.
– A YouTube video prompted Niagara Falls to condemn rooms at the Rainbow Motel.
– One Buffalo television station ignored the racist rant that went viral. The other went overboard.
– Problem gambling among older people is on the rise.
– Does having a casino in your town really lower taxes?
– Senator Chuck Schumer is a frequent, uninvited guest at college graduations. He gives the same speech about being dumped by his girlfriend.
– Upstate New York has distinct regions with distinct cuisine and politics. Here’s the Upstate vote, by food.