Brearn Wright Jr. will head Roger Williams Middle School. Wright has been a principal or assistant principal in the Washington, D.C., schools since 2005, most recently at the George A. Truesdale(sic) Educational Center, where he hired all new staff and divided the school into four smaller units, from early childhood to middle school.
So, how'd Truesdell do on the latest DC CAS scores released this morning?
The green area is the DC "state" average, which presumably includes charters and isn't particularly different from the "LEA" proficiency rates. It is actually worse than it looks from those simple graphs, as the percentage at the advanced level in math went from 20.18 to 2.7%, while below basic in math went from 10.6 to 22.8% and below basic in reading went from 12.3 to 21.2%.
But Truesdell isn't a no-excuses charter. Surely Democracy Prep NYC, the model for our first mayoral academy that plays such a prominent role in RIDE's reform plans is still looming over the competition?
Apologies for switching graph designs on you, I just base these on the most convenient data I can find and make things as clear as I can. So here the grade levels are on the X-axis (6, 7, 8). Democracy Prep is in blue with the dots for data points. The dotted lines are last years DP and NYC reading scores, now regarded as inflated, for comparison. The solid lines are various city and state scores from this year. Basically, in 2010 Democracy Prep never got above the city average, and was only three points higher than the
NYC New York state rate for economically disadvantaged students (in 8th grade).
I'm not saying these are schools that should be closed or anything, but Deb Gist might:
“We cannot have charter schools — whose whole purpose for existence is to demonstrate innovation that shows significant results — with performance levels that are lower than other schools that don’t have the kind of autonomy and flexibility that charters have,” Gist said. “If their performance isn’t where it should be, it’s an indication that the model they are using didn’t work.
LOL! Just kidding, these are schools run by reformers!
At least we can take some solace in the fact we didn't hire Michael Bennet as our CFO.