Yuderca M. Barbera, Naples
It's not working
This is a formal complaint against the new standard-base progress report.
This report is too long and difficult to follow because the rate is from 1 to 3 — 1 the lowest and 3 the highest. The report card should be a tool, not only to help parents discuss the progress with their child, but also the child should be able to understand it. This new report card is hard to explain because the grading is divided into many areas and each area in subdivided (three legal pages long).
Another problem with the standard-base progress report is that it is not clear how the teacher arrives at the scores. Therefore, this system is subjective because the children are graded in standards that are open to the teacher's interpretation and feelings toward the child. This system is not based on a mathematical calculation from test and/or assignments scored by the child.
A system based on mathematical calculation gives you a scale based on performance that can be measured rather than a scale that is based on opinion and personal interpretation. The previous system clearly showed you a scale of zero-100 on specific subjects and the parent as well as the teacher could target the areas where the child needed help to increase their scores in test and assignments.
I feel that this system is going to be a total failure. This system was already tried in places like California and it was not successful.
Why do we think that it will be different in Collier County?