to take or have a certain position within a group arranged in vertical classes <a restaurant that consistently rates high in all the standard categories>
Related Words seed; count; categorize, class, classify, codify, compartmentalize, group, separate, set, sort; install, instate
the placement of someone or something in relation to others in a vertical arrangement <resented her lowly status in the organization>
Synonyms: degree, echelon, footing, level, place, position, ranking, reach(es), rung, situation, standing, station, status, stratum
Apparently though, the DOE thinks we are all idiots as they have replaced it with a “classification” methodology. This is another example of the the amazing condescending arrogance of public officials and state boards towards taxpayers:
Here the new word of the day:
Synonyms bracket, category, classification, division, family, genus, grade, group, kind, league, order, rank(s), rubric, set, species, tier, type
Any similarities? I’m pretty sure treating educators and administrators like idiots is a bad PR play for the DOE and SBE.
Under Delaware’s new system, the state has done away with the school rating and status system (i.e. superior, commendable, academic watch, under improvement). This also means school leaders no longer will be forced to follow some federally prescribed remedies previously required because of the “under improvement” status. Instead, local leaders will design and implement plans that meet the specific needs of their schools and students. State officials will approve the plans and monitor the work.
The state now will provide districts/charters with differentiated support ranging from intense to minimal. This aims to meet needs where they exist as well as unburden districts/charters that don’t need as much support so they can continue doing the good work they have underway. This method also builds capacity on the local level and provides more local control and decision-making about how to best meet building-level needs.
The state’s new school classification system will recognize those schools that are excelling as well as provide more support to those that need it. In addition to the previously established Partnership Zone that includes 10 buildings statewide (http://www.deturnaround.org/), the state has named 13 buildings as Focus schools, based on the largest achievement gaps, low performance of subgroups and/or graduation rates. Districts/charters will design reform plans for state approval. Like PZ, Focus schools will remain in that classification until they show consecutive years of strong performance.
Two other classifications will be named annually: Reward and Recognition. One high-progress and one high-achievement Title I (based on poverty level) will be named Reward and receive financial awards. Up to 15 schools also will be named Recognition schools for achieving and sustaining significant student academic gains. They, too, will receive a financial award.