We have now been grading Global History and US History Regents exams for a full week at various grading sites around the city. There may not be an end of this new and supposedly improved electronic grading process anywhere on the horizon.
The Department of Education and their private sector partners at McGraw-Hill cancelled per session (teacher overtime) marking for last night and tonight so many of us figured that the end might be coming. That thinking could be off base.
After yet another day of reading papers, we were told we were nowhere near finished. Teachers can come back to Cardozo and other centers for per session to grade all weekend. I don't think the DOE is expecting many volunteers as they told us at the end of the day to be ready to return to the scoring site for more grading on Monday, during the regular school day, if they can't finish over the weekend.
The problem with that is the students are supposed to be in attendance on Monday. Do we cover classes or do we grade? In addition, schools are having graduation ceremonies and teachers are being kept away to score exams. Besides not having grades ready on time so students can know if they have met graduation requirements in a timely manner, can anyone justify not allowing teachers to be present to see their students graduating?
For the record, I will be spending the weekend with my family enjoying this beautiful weather. I won't be giving up my time to rescue the DOE from their own incompetence. However, I feel very bad for the kids and have already suggested that students who were given a passing grade in the courses that correspond to the Regents should have the Regents mandate waived if that is all they need to complete their graduation requirements. Students should not have to pay for DOE bungling. State Education Board of Regents Chancellor and co-chair of the Bill Thompson's campaign for mayor Merryl Tisch should have considered New York city's less than stellar record in implementing new programs (see SESIS) before her group banned teachers from scoring papers from our own schools. Has anyone asked Ms. Tisch about this?
One more question: When we scored exams in our own schools, as we always did, can anyone remember it taking more than six school days to grade a set of exams?
In this new and improved current electronic grading system, even if one happens to be a fast reader, it often takes so long for papers to come up on the screen so it slows the grading down.