Is it: School revival showing promise, not proof???
An on line story titled “School improvement grant results mixed” dated April 13, 2012 is now on line in the Kentucky Enquirer’s web site. It ran front page, top of the fold in the Sunday print edition of the Enquirer as “School revival showing promise, not proof,” which clearly conveys a different meaning.
To get a better idea about what is really going on, I dusted off a table I created last year on the first 10 schools in Kentucky to get identified as “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools” under the federal government’s School Improvement Grant program. This graph (click on it to enlarge, if needed) shows that earlier table updated with recently released test scores for the 2011-12 school term.
For reference, the statewide PLAN Composite Score average in 2011-12 was 17.0 and the statewide EXPLORE Composite average was 15.2. Every school in this listing scored well below those statewide norms in the current school term.
Based on the uneven up and down score trends in most schools in the listing, coupled with the drops in enrollment in the majority of these schools, I think it is too early to tell what is really happening. Due to the up and down trends in many schools’ scores, I’m not ready to say the results show promise.