Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Secret Behind the Best School Performance Scores
The school districts near the top of the chart are those with the smallest percentage of families struggling with poverty. Note that they are also the school districts with the top letter grades. These rankings demonstrate an uncanny relation between school performance and poverty in Louisiana. The smaller percentage of families living in poverty is the secret behind the best school performance scores!
I believe this data calls into question Louisiana's policy of grading public schools without considering the negative effects of poverty on SPS and therefore school grades. Apparently all we are doing is grading our schools based on the poverty of their students. What is the purpose of a system that classifies community schools as failing just because they happen to serve a large percentage of students that are struggling with poverty?
Think about it. Is this a fair way of rating our schools?
Part II will look at specific cases of school performance and examine the unintended consequences of our obsession with rating and grading schools using test score results.
Posted by Michael Deshotels