As I predicted, there was no miracle in DC under Michelle Rhee’s reign.
At least not one you can see on the NAEP scores for fourth or eighth grade students in reading and math.
There was some slight improvement in math, but not reading. But the math scores have been going up considerably since the mid-1990’s, so I’m not surprised that the scores have continued to rise here. I just don’t think Rhee had much to do with it, since the increase started while she was still an utterly floundering TFA newbie teacher trainee in Baltimore. Don’t believe me? Look for yourself at these two graphs for the fourth grade. They do NOT show any miracles. Just slow, incremental improvement among black students and white students since the early 1990’s. There is no huge jump for 2009 or 2011, the way Rhee’s propaganda machine would have you believe.
To make it easier, I have both a graph and a table.
The one above is for math. The next one is for reading:
Notice that there has not been much improvement in DC on the black-white score gap. DC’s African-American students tend to score lower than black students do in other states, but our European-American students score much, much higher than any other measured group anywhere in the nation.
Having some personal experience with the poverty levels and percentages of broken families in DC’s black community on one side, and the number of families with advanced technical and professional degrees in DC’s white community on the other side, I can’t say I’m really surprised at the gap, and why it’s so hard to counteract.
All the scores are what NAEP calls “Scale Scores”, which are supposed to represent something to do with how well, on the average, students in a state or region do in a specific topic. They do not reveal exactly how they calculate that. “Black-White Gap” means just that, the difference in average scale scores between the average black student and the average white student, at those grade levels.