Close Reading of NYS Audit Reveals Risks Tied to APPR

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A recent report issued by the New York State Comptroller’s Office on student scores, raises concerns about tying teacher and principal evaluation and student growth measures to tests.

The audit found students grades were changed from failing to passing in five school districts — Arlington, Elmira, Fairport, Freeport and Saratoga Springs Districts. According to the report, auditors found there was no written explanation for the grade changes and lax policies. IT SHOULD BE NOTED: Although policy deficits and lax controls were found at each of the school districts featured in the report, none of the schools were accused of intentional wrongdoing or cheating.

According to DiNapoli: “When proper controls are not in place, there is the possibility of student grades being inappropriately altered.”  He further opined that “When grades are changed, there needs to be a record justifying the changes. These lax policies could easily be manipulated and graduation rates…

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