An alert reader pointed out to me yesterday that the statistics in the following article are INCORRECT, because they pertain to a mixture of both regular DC public schools AND the charter schools. I am working to fix that, separate out both the public schools and the charter schools, and will report what I find out.
My apologies. GFB.
Quite honestly, the more I look at this data, the less positive change of any sort that I see from 2007. When Rhee and her supporters talk about all the RHEE-forms that they are supposedly producing, I tend to wonder exactly what it is that is in the Kool-Aid that they are drinking. Or in those dope-filled blunts. The only thing that they have produced is a labor contract that eliminates all forms of due process!!!
Let’s start looking at the overall population of the 4th grade of regular DCPS. (None of the data in the past few posts have dealt with the charter schools. That will have to wait.) As usual, the source of my data is the DCPS-NCLB-OSSE website, after which I do quite a bit of fiddling with columns and combining multiple years. Then I try to make graphs and tables that are reasonably nice to look at.
Now, the ethnic/racial composition of the 4th grade in DCPS:
Just like in the 3rd grade, the proportion of African-American students in the DCPS 4th grade has been slowly declining (it’s now under 80%), and the fraction of hispanic and white students is slowly rising.
The next graph and table gives the overall ‘pass’ rates on the DC-CAS for DCPS fourth graders in both Reading and Math. As you can see, there was about a 5% drop in math from 2009 to 2010. Overall, both the math and reading ‘pass’ rates in our 4th grade is just about the same as it was in 2008.
Isn’t that interesting? While there was a very small uptick from 2009 to 2010, pass rates on Rhee’s watch for black fourth-graders are now considerably LOWER than they were just before she arrived. (Recall: the 2007 test was given in April of 2007, under previous Superintendent Clifford Janey. Rhee was appointed Kanzler during the summer of 2007.)
The next graph and table gives the ‘pass’ rates for 4th grade Hispanic students in DCPS.
A little bit of progress last year means that among 4th grade hispanics, the ‘pass’ rates in reading are now a whopping four-tenths of one percent above what they were in 2007! (That was sarcasm, if you couldn’t tell.) And in math, the ‘pass’ rates among 4th grade DCPS latino students is now only about three percentage points below the rate in 2007.
The next graph gives ‘pass’ rates among white and asian fourth grade DCPS students, whom I have combined because neither group is very large.
Here, the overall pass rates for white and asian students is indeed higher than in 2007, but almost all of that rise took place from 2007 to 2008, before Rhee got around to firing scores of principals. The pass rate in reading was higher in 2008 than it is in 2010, and the pass rate in both 2008 and 2009 was higher than in 2010.
As I wrote at the beginning of this post, I really wonder what Rhee and her acolytes are smoking and drinking? Or perhaps it’s some weird sort of pill?