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10 Signs of a Failing School District Without Looking at Test Scores

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Author: dianeravitch

Forget about test scores! There are better ways to determine whether your child is in a failing school or school district.

Randy Turner, a former teacher, posted a handy, short guide for parents to recognize failure.

Here is number one:

“In these days of Common Core State Standards and continuing attacks on public education by billionaires and their bought-and-paid-for legislators, parents need a few guidelines on how to tell if their child is in a failing school district.

“It has nothing to do with low scores on state-mandated standardized tests and more to do with the culture in the school district.

“Here are 10 signs that your child is in a failing school district:

1. The large majority of your teachers have less than five years of experience- The best schools have solid veteran teaching forces, mixing in talented newcomers each year as teachers retire or move into administration or other job opportunities. When you run off your veteran teachers, you not only do not have teachers who can mentor the younger staff members and help them reach their full potential, but you also are increasing the odds that you are going to hire some less gifted teachers just to fill the vacancies. That makes it that much harder to understand why so many state legislatures are appropriating millions for inexperienced Teach for America instructors instead of spending that money to keep their best teachers in the classroom.”

Open the link and read on to learn what the other nine are.

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