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

Diane Ravitch's blog

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…

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