Who's failing who?
What does it mean when a large number of students fail a teacher's class? Does it mean teacher ineptitude?
What do teachers do when this information is made public to the rest of the faculty:
"Every teacher interviewed talked about the intense pressure she felt to increase her students' scores. The majority of teachers, in discussing this pressure, spoke emotionally about an annual faculty meeting at which a chart was revealed that listed each teacher's pass rate next to her name. In other words, a competitive economy where the sole currency was test scores was established within the confines of the school. It was a competition of which teachers were painstakingly aware."
If the purpose is to allow those teachers who are successful (AP, Honors, teachers who don't hold to the curriculum, teachers with low expectations and standards), will this benefit the teachers who are not successful?
For instance, I wonder what the AP and Honors teachers would say about this recent statistic from one of my classes:
17 of 33 Failing
21 of 33 recently DID NOT TURN IN A 100 POINT ESSAY (5 Paragraphs and week to write it.)
20 of 33 recently DID NOT TURN IN A 100 POINT DOUBLE ENTRY JOURNAL (These students had three weeks to read the book, were regularly reminded to keep up on it; in fact, given time in class to work on it.)
What valuable piece of teaching skill have I failed to acquire? Allowing late work? Yes, but that is because of lesson I learned a while back. You see, I DID NOT PAY MY INSURANCE BILL ON TIME, the insurance company had the audacity to drop my coverage! Incredulous.