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2010 school-by-school DC CAS scores available

The test score fairy visited Friday night and left school-by-school data on the OSSE Web site. You can find them here.

By Bill Turque  |  August 6, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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Seems the stellar principal the Post profiled a couple weeks ago Dwan Jordon at Sousa Middle School, didn't make AYP this year. What's up with that?

Has anyone noticed that the more powerful principals become in being able to make decisions without any accountability and being able to select their own staff that the worse the schools perform? Same thing happened to Rhee's other boy, Brian Betts, the former principal at Shaw Middle School. His test scores dropped last year after the Post falsely reported they had made gains.

Isn't anyone else beginning to see this lady doesn't know what she's doing and is only making things WORSE as is evidenced by the drop in test scores?

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 6, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

At least Sousa showed some improvement.

CHEC, 3rd best school in the metro area according to Jay Matthews' Challange Index, fell off of a cliff with their scores. Reading proficiency down 7.5% and math down 13%.

But everyone takes a bunch of AP classes, and we all know that is more important then actually learning.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | August 6, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I have a question. Awhile back the Washington Post had an article about the great test scores gains at Sousa this past year. Yet when I checked the gains in reading using the link Turque gave us - the increase was a little more than 2% percent.

39.42% 41.60%

Am I reading this right? Where are the big gains WaPo talked about?

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Now Sousa does appear to have gone up about 4 1/2 points on math. But does it still justify the front page article that was written about it awhile back?

41.83% to 46.40%

What do others say?

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

You can ignore my previous posts. There was a big jump at Sousa between 2008 and 2009, and that's what the article was about.

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

With regards to Sousa MS, you need to compare how did each grade do as it advanced thru the years, not 2009 6th graders to 2010 6th graders.
So here:
% are for Proficient and Advanced

Reading Math
Gr 6 2008 (*) 16% 17.9
Gr 7 2009 (83) 32.5 34.9
Gr 8 2010 (82) 40.2 40.2

Gr 6 2009 (73) 46.5 50.6
Gr 7 2010 (73) 50.6 58.9

(*) na due to slow webpage loading
So, the kids have made improvement each year.
The 8th graders showed the most improvement during 7th grade with the teaching staff that Mr. Dwan Jordon fired a year ago.
Go figure.

Posted by: edlharris | August 6, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank you edharris you always help to make things very clear.
Have a good weekend

Posted by: janetcamillebrown | August 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The 8th graders showed the most improvement during 7th grade with the teaching staff that Mr. Dwan Jordon fired a year ago.
Go figure.

Posted by: edlharris

That may have been a crazy move, but probably one Michelle Rhee fully supported.

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I have an idea for a new bumper sticker:

Improve education, fire the president!

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

OSSE's reporting is a mess, as though to hinder comparison and analysis by making it tedious. A scorecard and tally on schools shows that just 12 elementary schools of 130 public elementary schools (charter and DCPS) made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Only 3 of 69 secondary schools made AYP. At the school level, by the expectations of NCLB, an overwhelming majority of schools failed.


Posted by: incredulous | August 6, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Just to reiterate edharris' concept, AYP is a poor measure of progress - and statistically unsound. Schools, whether it is because of 5th and 6th grades moving to middle school (something that several elementary schools experienced over the last two years of transitioning grade levels), students who are only tested once in high school, or just generally transitioning students and families, cohort GROWTH should be used to provide information on a school's success. AYP (especially when the success or failure is related to even smaller and changing subgroups of students), as many education experts and policy folks agree, should be measured on growth of the same students from year to year. Dig into the data a bit more before deciding whether a school - or a system - is successful.

Posted by: ward6 | August 6, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Any chance they'll be posting the science scores soon? I know students received them at home, but I wanted to see the school-by-school data.

Posted by: sydneybergman | August 7, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What no editorial by the WP? No front page article? Guess these facts need to be kept away from the public.

Posted by: bnew100 | August 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Common sense is all that was needed to predict that this would happen. Now that it's been torn down to the first brick, we need a real leader with vision and who understands what it takes to create a foundation and to build.

For three years Rhee has repeated her only tactic and I use "tactic" as opposed to the word skill. She repeats what she knows and expects different results. That's insanity. For Fenty's sake, the question to Gray regarding keeping Rhee if he wins, should be taken out of his script. That one is quite laughable now.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 10, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Check out WCP and the article on Sousa's principal. What a leader!

Posted by: candycane1 | August 10, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree OSSE is a mess. The turmoil that they put Eastern High School through regarding this testing period is utterly ridiculous. Yet, when the glaring problem was pointed out to OSSE...the wimpy response was "we [OSSE} dropped the ball." Then OSSE throws it back to DCPS saying it was their responsibility to do this and again adults in turmoil...and what is at stake but the students.

I can't wait to see the next vacancy announcement for someone at DCPS headquarters...the pre-requisite will be able to "decipher data." Good luck.

Posted by: PowerandPride | August 10, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Rather than grinding an axe for a DCPS school you care about (or wishing to put a metaphoric one to the Chancellor's rhetoric about one or more of her faves), have a look at the scores, and more importantly the changes in scores from last year, at the many public charter schools. There, a small population of over seventy operators were seeking to simultaneously improve their clients' education and please many boards of directors, including CFOs and those they report to.

What you will find is not pretty, in this the third or fourth year utilizing the same test. It looks to me that by the metric and measure of the test, productivity of the soil (and toil) of students and staff and program have been reached their peaks, and there is nothing to see but a distribution of gains and losses about last year's scores. As the statisticians label it "error variance."

One may wish to employ the make-believe of economists adept at advancing triage calculations: Imagine the population of charter schools with the weakest-performing 5% of schools closed, and students assigned the experience and average score of the remaining schools. The Public Charter School Board already does that, closing some of the weakest schools, or seeing them "resign" before "being fired." These are mostly small schools, with limited enrollment.
So, before expecting much of triage of the weakest, look at the numbers, because that strategy will not change average scores much. The DC CAS scores of last and this year are ALL we are going to see out of charter school performance by the metric of this test, except an increasing fraction of public school students enrolled in them as they grow grades and expand enrollment in order to achieve economies of scale permtted under their charters.
That ALL is not much different, by the DC CAS metric, than Michelle Rhee has delivered, with much Palinesque celebrity and affliction of pain and high publicity stakes. Across many, many public school alternatives, the results are not so different, and the variation AMONG charter schools is not so different than among schools but within DCPS.

Posted by: incredulous | August 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

WaPo and Rhee have been uncharacteristically quiet since the scores came out. They must be cooking up something good.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 10, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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