Monday, April 03, 2006

Beyond The Mall and Inside the DC Bubble on DCPS performance

Here's some other reactions to the DCPS performance data school board member Victor Reinoso released last week. First, Beyond The Mall thinks "disgrace" doesn't do justice to the reported scores.
Nathan goes on to say that "[t]he fact that the District has one, let alone many, schools where less than 20% of the student population is functional in reading or math is a disgrace." I think Nathan is being too kind.

It's worse than a disgrace ... it's criminal.

The budget for FY2006, as proposed by Mayor Williams, will be $1,018,258,268. What are District residents getting for their money? A failing system. Public school students deserve better. Is the school system completely at fault? Of course not. But the majority of the blame certainly rests on its shoulders. Teachers, especially at the high school level, should be pushing their students, challenging them to learn and excel? Is that happening? Not by the figures, no.
Next, Inside the DC Bubble points out that there is some good news in the numbers.
The data confirms DC Bubble's assertion that the DC elementary schools are very good, and that the performance at some middle and high schools weaken the reputation of the entire system. In this case, the weakest links in the chain really do harm the entire chain.


The relative strength of many DC public schools should cause urban-oriented parents to think twice before moving to the suburbs when their young ones start schools. While many elementary schools in good neighborhoods do have relatively mediocre ratings, the high ratings for some (Mann, Oyster, Hearst et al. ) show that ratings that are comparable to suburban schools are possible in DC, particularly with active parents in the neighborhood. This means you.
As bad as the senior high results are the elementary school scores are pretty good; something that DCPS should be proud of. Now if only they could replicate those results in junior and senior high.

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