Trends in Gaps and Achievement in Math in DCPS, 4th and 8th grades

A couple more graphs to show whether the Rhee/Fenty/Henderson/Gray educational miracle has happened in the past four years in DC public schools. My graphs are all taken from the enormous PDF put out by the good folks at NAEP.

The first graph shows the average 4th grade NAEP math scores for white kids, hispanic kids, and black kids in DCPS. As you can see, since IMPACT has been in full operation, scores for white kids have gone up just a little, and scores for black students have stayed the same, and the scores for hispanic students have gone down a bit. None of the differences in the past 2 years of IMPACT, shown here, are apparently significantly different.

However, the gap between white scores and hispanic scores, or between black scores and white scores, at this level, have significantly increased since 2007, which is when absolute mayoral rule and the chancellorship of Michelle Rhee both began.



In the two graphs below, we see what happened in DCPS in math at the 8th grade, according to NAEP. Overall, the math scores are continuing to go up by a few points every two years, as they have been doing since 20o3. The gap between the scores of poor kids (those on free or reduced-price lunches) and those of non-poor kids has widened steadily at the 8th grade level under Rhee.

Below here, it’s hard to tell what the gap trends are, since there are so many years where the scores for white students are missing. (The NAEP statisticians essentially didn’t have enough white students’ scores to be able to place a firm estimate on their abilities in the years 2003, 2007, and 2009.) Apparently the Hispanic scores went down a lot in 2011, and while Black scores are significantly higher than those of 2009, they are NOT significantly higher than those of 2007.




In any case, I don’t see any sign of the educational miracle that Rhee and her fellow educational Deformers promised us.

Published in: on December 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] I have shown repeatedly (see here, here, here, here, and here for starters. Or else here) DC has the widest gap of the entire USA between the scores of poor kids […]


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