Monday, July 06, 2009
I have been beating myself up over the geometry regents results. Although some might say my results were good (68% passing) they weren't good enough for me. I'm used to 95 -100% passing. I know, it's summer vacation and I should just let it go, but it bothers me. I even spent quite a bit of time looking at the transcripts of the students that failed.
And then, I realized something. First, most of the kids in my class never legitimately passed algebra. Most were given credit because they passed the algebra regents, some by attending summer school and some by seat credit. Then I realized that all but two of my student took the exam. I was actually able to keep 62 out of 64 on target until the end. Lastly I realized that while other teachers dropped kids from their classes, I held on to most of mine and gave them the benefit of the doubt, hoping they would make it. Many of them did. If I dropped the ones that were failing, my results would have been better but too many would have lost a chance to get that advanced diploma. If I look at statistics this way, I am a success.
So now comes the big decision--what to do next time I have a regents class? Keep or drop? Maybe I will get lucky and not have a regents class to teach. I hate making decisions.