School test scores continue to climb
Original post made on Sep 18, 2012
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on Sep 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm
That 5th grade cohort would belong to that toxic leader Maurice Ghysels' CI legacy.
on Sep 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Nick- "10 pt drop" not 10%. I don't know why one grade dropping makes sense. Different students in a grade from year-to-year. Goldman has a "Press Release" with the numbers in tables.
Looking at cohorts (the same bunch of students going grade-to-grade) here is what I see:Economically Disadvantaged [bad news first]
[ Math 20 pts drop 5th->6th grade, 11 pt drop 7th-> 8th grade ]
English +23 pts 3rd-> 4th, +17 6th-> 7th grade
Math +16pts 2nd-> 3rd
MAYBE "good for Kahn"? There was a +7 Math rise from grade 6 to grade 7 in ED. If most of this was from Graham (where Kahn Academy self-paced instruction was tested), it may portend improvement in MS math - IF teachers dedicated to this method are slowly phased in.
SN is a Candidate for MVWSD Board
on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:53 am
I look forward to a day when superintendents stop celebrating their test scores. Did we improve creativity? Did we even bother to measure the students' love of learning? Did students advance in their group skills? Are they learning to think independently?
We're being fed the answers to the wrong questions. The key to education is variability across students, which is masked by reporting average scores by group. Not every child learns at the same pace, in the same way, or is drawn to the same subjects. That variability is their strength; it should be nurtured, not ignored.