## Part Five of Many

You may recall that Michelle Rhee is famous for summarily firing administrators who didn’t bring student scores up the way she demanded.

As a result, the turnover in principals in DCPS is phenomenal.

The 2010 contract between DCPS and a bunch of billionaire-funded foundations also called for penalties if certain targets were not met.

I’m systematically going through those targets to see how many (if any) of those targets were actually met.

So far, out of four targets, Rhee/Henderson et al have ALMOST met one of them.

We have six more targets today, concerning specific numerical targets to be reached on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and its Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) from about 2009 through 2013.

Let me try to explain what’s going on here. In 2007, the average score for all DCPS 8th graders in reading on the NAEP TUDA was 241. Rhee and her accomplices in DCPS promised that in 2009, that score would rise to 244, then to 248 in the year 2011, and finally hit 252 in 2013 (last year); those are the blue dots and lines that you see in the graph and in the chart.

In fact, the actual average NAEP TUDA scores were significantly lower, in each and every single year. In 2009 the average was actually 240, then 237 in 2011, and 245 last year (2013).

In other words, not a single one of those targets were met.  I count that as zero for three.

You may notice that I drew brown ‘diamonds’ (rhombi) around the cases where the targets were not met.

In this case, one of the targets was actually met! Huzzah! In the year 2009, the prediction was that the average scale score for DC public school students would be 202, but it was actually 2003! Yowzers!

But in 2011 and 2013, the goals were NOT met. So that’s only 1 for three.

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I think I’ll put the math scores in an additional post, since this is getting pretty long.

But let’s keep score overall. Today, Rhee’s record is 1 for 6.

Over the last few days, we found that she got ALMOST a 1 out of 4.

Overall, that’s about one and a half out of ten, or 15 percent.

Anywhere in the US school system, and everywhere else that I know of, that is a very solid failing grade.

So, why does Kaya Henderson* still have a job as DCPS chancellor, and why does anybody listen to any of the promises that Michelle Rhee makes and has made, when their record is almost unremitting failure — EVEN ON THEIR OWN TERMS?

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Thanks to Erich Martel for bringing this data to my attention and compiling the actual average scale scores from the NAEP TUDA website!

* Right-hand henchperson of Michelle Rhee and her acolyte and booster at “The New Teacher Project” and a failed NYC teach-for-a-while many years ago.

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Alert readers will have noticed that I originally added wrong (three plus three is generally six), so I gave Rhee and company a better score than they deserved. This semi-alert writer caught his own mistake before anybody else rubbed his nose in it. Her score is 1.5 out of 10 (15%) overall, not 1.5 out of 9 (about 17%). So far. There are many more goals to go!

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The saga so far:

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Once again, let me credit my colleague Erich Martel for coming up with the idea of going back to the original promises and seeing if they were kept or not, and sharing his findings with me. These calculations are generally my own, so if you find any mistakes, don’t blame him. Blame me.

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## Part Four of Many

To get a grant of about \$64 million dollars, ex-Chancellor of DC Public Schools Michelle Rhee promised that DCPS would be in the top half of all NAEP TUDA urban districts by 2013. So far, in math at the 4th and 8th grade, she and her successors have failed.

How did they do in reading?

See for yourself. This first chart is from the NAEP TUDA website concerning fourth grade math:

There were 21 school districts in the “Trial Urban District Assessment’ of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2013, and it appears that number 11, the median school district, if you measure that by percentages of students at or above proficient, is Albuquerque, with 24% of its students in those categories. DCPS appears to have a small edge on Albuuerque, with 25% of its students proficient or advanced, so if you measure things that way, DCPS is technically in the top half.

However, if you compare average scores on the test, then Albuquerque actually beat DC, since the average scores were 207 and 205 — with DC getting the lower score. In that case, DCPS is technically in the bottom half.

And if you say that being in the ‘top half’ would mean beating the average score for all large cities, then DCPS definitely did NOT succeed.

Or if you go by the categories that the officials at NAEP actually used, namely ‘Percentage at or above proficient is significantly higher than large city’, and ‘Percentage at or above proficient is NOT significantly different than large city’, and ‘Percentage at or above proficient is lower than large city’, then DCPS is firmly in the middle group.

I think I will score this one as an ‘almost met’.

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Here things are a lot more cut-and-dried:

It is very clear that DCPS did NOT meet the goal of being in the top half of the Trial Urban District Assessment. The average score is well below that for Chicago, the median school district (245 vs 253), and even further behind all large cities (245 vs 258), and the percentages of students deemed proficient or advanced on this test in DCPS, namely 17%, also places DCPS in the bottom half, not the top half.

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So out of four different categories measured so far (being in the top half of NAEP TUDA districts in reading and math at the 4th and 8th grade levels), DCPS got an “almost” in one category (fourth grade reading) and clearly failed in the other three.

Recall that if DCPS did not meet its goals, the Arnold, Broad, Roberts and Walton foundations were supposed to withhold the grant monies.

Did they?

And out of the other 74 goals, how many did DCPS actually meet?

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The saga so far:

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Once again, let me credit my colleague Erich Martel for coming up with the idea of going back to the original promises and seeing if they were kept or not, and sharing his findings with me. These calculations are generally my own, so if you find any mistakes, don’t blame him. Blame me.

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## Part Three of Many

Over and over again, Michelle Rhee and her acolytes in the DC public schools (including the now-disgraced former leader, George Parker) promised utterly amazing results to the boards of the Arnold, Broad, Robertson, and Walton Family Foundations would occur, for which DCPS would receive up to \$64.5 million to pay for bonuses and a contract that pretty much eliminated any job security for teachers, since principals could use almost any staffing-related excuse to fire almost anybody at the end of a school year, with no recourse unless the teacher could somehow find another job at another school.

I cut-and-pasted here the phrase that occurs, word for word, in the agreement between Rhee and each and every single one of those foundations:

Let me spell that out again, in text form:

“D.C. Public Schools and the D.C. Public Education Fund must verify that D.C. Public Schools is meeting the student achievement outcomes detailed in the ‘Predicted Gains’ document received on February 16, 2010.”

In other words, if they want to keep the money, they are REQUIRED to meet these goals. One would think that if they didn’t meet those goals, then there should be some consequences. Those consequences are spelled out on page 8 of the published PDF:

A lot of fine print, but here is the important part:

“in the event of any material breach of any Grant Agreement or these Grant Terms and Conditions by DCPS, [then the fund that is administering the grant] reserves the right to withhold or withdraw any or all [money] Grants then due or owed, regardless …”

You would think that they would have let the public know whether Rhee et al had met their goals or not, right? Well, I’ve showed so far that out of the two I’ve checked, Rhee & Henderson met neither one, not even close.

You can find the original agreement here.

And here are ALL of the numerical goals again, for your viewing pleasure:

How many of these 78* goals do you think they have actually achieved?

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*I count 16 DCPS growth targets, 48 goals for closing the racial/ethnic achievement gaps on the DC-CAS, 10 specific numerical goals for the NAEP, and 4 goals for being in the top half of all NAEP-TUDA districts by the year 2013.

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The saga so far:

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Once again, let me credit my colleague Erich Martel for coming up with the idea of going back to the original promises and seeing if they were kept or not, and sharing his findings with me. These calculations are generally my own, so if you find any mistakes, don’t blame him. Blame me.

## Part Two of Many

I continue with a further look at one of the promises that Michelle Rhee and her acolytes and funders made, namely,

To repeat: DCPS’ goal is to be in the top half of districts by the 2012-13 NAEP-TUDA administration.

Let’s look now at 8th grade math scores for 2013:

No, not even close. DCPS is firmly in the middle of the bottom half of all NAEP TUDA school districts for 8th grade math in 2013.

So, Rhee and company are now ZERO for TWO.

What do you think the final score will be, when we go through the entire list?

And do you think anybody was held accountable since, so far, they missed both of these goals?

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The saga so far:

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I should credit my colleague Erich Martel for coming up with the idea of going back to the original 2010 promises and seeing if they were kept or not. Erich shared his findings with me. These calculations are generally my own, so if you find any mistakes, don’t blame him. Blame me.

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## Did ANY of Michelle Rhee’s promises actually work in DC?

### Part One of Many

You may recall that Michelle Rhee promised that she would produce miracles in Washington DC’s public schools if she got the money from various foundations and the freedom to fire teachers as she pleased.

She and her hand-picked acolyte and successor, Kaya Henderson, certainly received all the money they asked for, and they stripped DCPS teachers of almost all protections from random firing.

But did those achievement gains actually work?

I’ll let you decide, by first letting you see the spreadsheet where Rhee et al. promised, in writing, what they would accomplish. Here is the link to the original, so you can see I’m not making this up. It’s on page 22.

That’s a lot of promises!!

Notice the very last goal: for DCPS to be in the top half of all urban districts whose scores are included in something called the NAEP TUDA by 2012-13. (National Assessment of Educational Progress, Trial Urban District Assessment).

For now, I’ll just give you the result for part of that last one — math, fourth grade, in graphic form, cut and pasted and put in order and labels added by me, direct from the NAEP TUDA web page.

I highlighted the average large city score, right in the middle, and also the District of Columbia. Anybody can see that no, DCPS is NOT in the top half. Atlanta scored at the median (in the middle of all of the cities’ scores), and DC was two cities below that.

We also need to look at math scores at the 8th grade as well as reading for both 4th and 8th grades to finish evaluating this one goal or promise.

What do you think: will Rhee/Henderson/Gray be shown to be successful in other parts of this long list of promises?

More posts will follow. Many thanks to my colleague Erich Martel for pointing all of this out and compiling it in some very dense spreadsheets.

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The saga so far:

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I should credit my colleague Erich Martel for coming up with the idea of going back to the original 2010 promises and seeing if they were kept or not. Erich shared his findings with me. These calculations are generally my own, so if you find any mistakes, don’t blame him. Blame me.

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