Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Missing the Mark
Grading students without access to records among issues with LRB ruling
Submitted by Paula Aquino, Chilliwack teacher
laughed when I saw the LRB ruling about Grade 10 and 11 marks last Friday, because I thought it would be a logistical nightmare that couldn’t happen. Imagine my incredulity today when I find out it is happening. Parents, and everyone concerned with education today, should be informed about the process that has been put in place.
Currently, marks are being generated for all Gr. 10 and 11 students by district administration. Teachers have been advised that the mark generated will be based on the last report mark in the BCESIS marking system. Teachers will then have 48 hours to visit the local Teacher’s Association office to review and modify these marks.
Keeping in mind that this mark will be on Gr. 10 and 11 students’ high school transcripts, there are a number of issues with this process:
When parents receive report cards for these students, they will need to scrutinize them carefully, as the marks were not likely generated by their child’s teachers. I would urge parents and others to contact their school trustees and school district administration about the travesty this process makes of student evaluation. Contact the Ministry of Education and your MLA as well, asking why there has been so little consideration for the integrity of student evaluation in this LRB ruling and in which it is being carried out.
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