Trey Czar the head of the JPEF penned an editorial in this past Sunday’s Times Union where he wrote the following modest criticisms: It is clear our state’s school accountability system needs to be modernized… and, because of the way the current system is structured, any small changes to the formula used to calculate school grades can cause them to fluctuate wildly. http://jaxpef.org/news/2013/08/op-ed-in-todays-newspapers-on-school-accountability.aspx
Hardly the fierce criticism the grading system has gotten elsewhere but in it’s own way it is still remarkable. You see the chair of the state board of education; the man who is arguably responsible for all these wild fluctuations, Gary Chartrand sits on the board of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund too.
For Trey Czar to offer any criticism, no matter how tepid, it is a real shocker. It is akin to Bush supporter and Ed board member Kathleen Shanahan, saying the state's school-accountability system is in disarray.
For these staunch supporters of the State’s accountability system to say anything is shocking and really indicates the disarray the system is in.
"We have a mess on our hands," she said, adding that "I don't think we can wait" to address growing public concerns about how students, teachers and schools are evaluated.