Last night I received an influx of comments about my "Grade Fraud" posting. To me, one fact is simple: the superintendent admits that the grade changes might have impacted the top ten. I don't purport to know how many of the top ten students were in that class, however it cannot be fair to those not in the top ten. I'm not simply talking about number 11, 12, or 13 but also any kid who struggled. As a retired teacher I knew many students who worked really hard and passed a class for four quarters, only to fail the Regent's exam. I've also had students fail all four quarters and get at 90 on the final (if New York State has anything right, it's that you are assessed not only on your effort, but your ability as well). I can't imagine how many of those students would have loved for a principal to step in and change their grade. I also can't imagine how I would have felt if the principal changed their grades. I gave grades based on the assessment of the student. Sometimes that assessment necessitated giving a student a point or two to pass a class. As the teacher I spent the whole year with the student and I was in a position to assess whether or not a student needed the points. I was not an administrator who simply matched the same grade a student earned first quarter. Remember, these grade changes affected others. Never in all my years did I change a grade that negatively impacted others.
* Please read the Buffalo News editorial about an Orchard Park teacher [click here for editorial].
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*****NEW****Click on link below to be directed to the Hodgson Russ Legal Bills Jan- May 2016- THE FLEECING OF THE TAXPAYER.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03Rg-d-K8EZYVRLTUxxVmpUNzA/view?usp=sharing