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2012-09-18 I asked :
""When and how may a principal interfere with the assigned mark of a teacher who is 
following all the
guidelines of this "reformed assessment" policy?"

you answered:
I think a principal always has the right to monitor teacher's grading practices but should 
"interfere" only
when they detect that the teacher is not following school/district policies 
and procedures.

That very important question is now again in the limelight as Lyndon Dorval appeals his dismissal. While
I agree with your answer, I ask another one of great importance: How much power should a principal
really have over grades? If a principal has any power over actual grades, is that not a conflict of interest
since his reputation, the school's reputation and ranking, and funding depends on student marks in
some places (certainly in Alberta)?

2013-11-21
bailey Green
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Bailey, my answer is the same - it is the principal's responsibility to ensure that teachers are
implementing policies. I would also say that it is wrong for a school's reputation and ranking
to be based solely on grades and it is entirely wrong for funding to be based on grades.

 

 

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