Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Grading the graders

Journal editors, link, give APS Supt Winston Brooks

... an “A+” for going beyond requirements in the Sunshine Portal Transparency Act.
However you look at it, putting already available public records online is not an extraordinary effort. It is not far beyond the requirements, it barely exceeds them. In the overall picture, is it a feckless gesture of more public relations value than actual value in holding APS administrators and board members accountable for their conduct and competence within their public service.

Yet the editors gave Brooks an extraordinary evaluation; an A+ for effort.

Grades for effort is the justification for promoting students beyond their ability. Giving students A+'s for average work is why we graduate students who aren't prepared for college.

The editors have raised a question about their ability to assign grades (to anything), and consequently public perception of their ability to do so, candidly, forthrightly and honestly.

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