Jan Resseger here describes the eloquent case that Fort Wayne’s Mark GiaQuinta made against the A-F grading system.
Fort Wayne refuses to grade its schools by A-F because the board, of
which GiaQuinta is president, understands that it will stigmatize
schools attended by poor children but do nothing to improve them.
The A-F system was created to set schools up to fail and be handed
over to charter operators or to discourage parents so they would abandon
their school and seek vouchers.
There is no state where the A-F system makes schools better.
It is a tool of corporate reform, whose only purpose is to stigmatize
schools, destroy the school community, encourage public officials to
abandon them, and hasten the cycle of decline.
Labeling schools A-F is not accountability; it is a ranking system that has no redeeming feature.