Schools tagged for low performance make silly excuses the data don’t support
Among the 19 new Persistently Low-Performing Schools named a few days ago by the Kentucky Department of Education, five come from the troubled Jefferson County Public School System. This table shows how they performed for reading and math averaged together in 2010 and 2011.
Notes to Table: Test results are averaged from the “all student” scores for each school by Innes from the scores reported in the Kentucky Department of Education’s “Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) Combined Reading and Mathematics Gap to Goal Comparison Report, District Excel Spreadsheet.”
Because the data above is based on the inflated Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT), I also assembled data on combined reading and math performance from the EXPLORE testing from the ACT, Incorporated. This is a much more credible test which is well aligned to what students need for success in college and careers. Here is how these five schools performed between 2010 and 2011 on EXPLORE.
Notes to Table: This data assembled from the 2011 EXPLORE Excel spreadsheet from the Kentucky Department of Education (note: updates to data may have been made after I downloaded the report). Some round-off error of 0.1 point may also be present.
Clearly, whether we look at EXPLORE or KCCT, performance in these schools is terrible. Worse, the trend in most cases is declining.
BUT, leaders in these schools just don’t get it.