Trends on the NAEP give a clue as to why Arne Duncan quit

Seeing the rather large drop on the NAEP scores for students across the nation – results released at midnight last night – gives me the idea that Arne Duncan (secretary of education for the past 7 years) quit rather than face the blame for his failed policies. After all, he (and the rest of the billionaire deformer class) have been promising that if you open tons of unregulated charter schools, use numerology to fire many of the remaining veteran teachers, and make education into little more than test prep for all students of color or those who come from poor families, then the test results will improve.

Well, they didn’t improve.

I will let you see for yourself how the percentages of students deemed ‘proficient’ in 4th grade and 8th grade on the NAEP at the national level generally dropped. I include DC (where I come from), and in five other states – two that are high-performing (NH and Massachusetts) and three that are low-performing (CA, AL and NM).

The one bright spot for District residents is that DC is no longer the last in the nation in every category! DC students now have slightly higher percentages proficient in certain categories than two other impoverished states – New Mexico and Alabama, as you can see in the graphs below. (The graph for the District of Columbia is the light blue one at the bottom,)

On the other hand, the increases in percentages of students ‘proficient’ in DC since 2008, the first year after mayoral control was imposed and the elected school board was neutralized, are nothing but a continuation of previous trends.

As usual, if you want to take a closer look, click on the graphs.

% Proficient in 4th Grade Math: DC, Nation, MA, CA, NH, NM, AL through 2015

% Proficient in 4th Grade Math: DC, Nation, MA, CA, NH, NM, AL through 2015

Percentage 'Proficient' or Above on 4th grade NAEP reading through 2015, DC, Nation, AL, CA, MA, NH, NM

Percentage ‘Proficient’ or Above on 4th grade NAEP reading through 2015, DC, Nation, AL, CA, MA, NH, NM

8th grade math NAEP

8th grade math NAEP

8th grade reading

8th grade reading

Now Michelle Rhee Needs Special Security Protection?

Check out the email someone forwarded to me from a California lecturing group (MPSF) that has booked Michelle Rhee. Apparently they are afraid of big, bad teachers coming after her.

Here is the website for the lecture series if you want to make their dreams nightmares come true. I think it’s important for the public to realize that MR is an utter charlatan, profiting from destroying public education for our neediest citizens.

Anybody in the DC  area interested in seeing “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman”, which points out how clearly flawed the pro-Rhee propaganda film “Waiting for Superman”?

If you are, let me know. I’ve got a copy, and more folks should see it.

As usual, it’s easy to leave comments on this blog, but you have to look hard to find the button  for comments: it’s minuscule.

Published in: on February 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm  Comments (2)  
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