Tuesday, November 20


WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE tell us again why Fenty took over the school system? According to the State Department of Education, the overall scores for the students in grades four and eight, reading and mathematics were higher in 2007 compared to 2002 results. In reading, the percentage of fourth graders that scored at or above the basic level showed increases from 31 percent to 39 percent; with a 6 percentage point gain from 2005 to 2007.

The largest gain among the DC scores was achieved by the Hispanic fourth grade students in reading. The percentage of fourth grade Hispanic students that scored at or above Basic level increased from 34 percent in 2002 to 55 percent in 2007; with a gain of 18 percentage points over the 37 percent number from 2005.

Black, white and Hispanic students all achieved increases in the percentages scoring at or above the Basic and Proficient levels compare with previous assessments.

In mathematics at the fourth grade level, the percentage of DC students scoring at or above the proficient level scores increased by 7 percentage points from 2003 to 2007 (from 7 to 14 percent). . . DC fourth grade Hispanic students achieved a 12 point gain in the percentage scoring at or above the Proficient level from 2003 to 2007 (from 7 to 19 percent), with an increase of 8 percent from 11 percent from 2005 to 2007.

DC White fourth grade students ranked 4th in math achievement compared to the other districts in the study, scoring only lower than the White students from Atlanta (81 percent), Houston (76 percent), and Austin (76 percent) in terms of the percentage scoring at or above the proficient level.

At the eighth grade level, DC students also achieved modest gains in mathematics. The percentage of DC eighth grade students scoring at or above the Proficient level scores in mathematics increased by 2 percentage points from 2003 to 2007 (from 6 to 8 percent). In addition, in 2007, the percentage of DC eighth grade students scoring at or above the Basic level in mathematics increased by 5 points compared to 2003 (from 29 to 34 percent), with a 3 percent increase from 2005. DC students only scored higher than their counterparts in Cleveland (7 percent) in terms of the overall proficiency rate in mathematics at the eighth grade level. Of the eleven districts, Austin (Texas) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg achieved the highest scores.

Not great but certainly good enough to give lie to talk about hopeless failure by the Federal City Council and its man with the plan, Adrian Fenty.

The way we see it, mayors who can't tell whether scores are going up or down should do a little adult education themselves before messing with the children's version.


At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Max said...

Fenty's takeover would ensure that more elementary schools in Black neighborhoods would be closed. You'll recall that you recently read news of the city's latest plan to close at least a dozen more schools.

It's funny for a city to close schools while expecting to grow its population over the next 5 years by about 100k residents.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The closing of the schools is to help the finance of the city not the kids.

Fenty is just living the continue legacy of Mayor Williams - which is for Corp Business to come in DC to make good profit off long time residents than booting them out of DC to move the residents in that they preferr to live in DC.

This never had anything to do with better the education of the children. If so, I yet to see Fenty raise money from these business to keep the schools open and have them fund the city to buy enough text books and resources for the teachers to teach their class. And, pay the teachers to teach the students with care.

All Fenty is doing pigging-back off of former Mayor Williams way of running the DC in dealing with the school and crime.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very disappointed in Fenty way of running the city. He is allowing others to guide him in running the city. Why? Especially you were a city councilmen before being the Mayor.

I really thought Mayor Fenty will be for the kids and the kids that need that special attention (low income family)where children are in a disadvantage stituation (which they are not the blame at all - they are just kids), but I see you are not - you are more interested in Corporate business than the kids of course.

One question: How can you bring in someone from a different ethnic background to determine what is best for black kids who are the majority attendees in the public schools?

A old saying: "you will not know what I've been through unless you walked in my shoes".


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