Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Less You Know About a School, the Easier it is to Close It

Frank Murphy:

I was puzzled by Mr. Weiner’s statement that Meade School students are not making more than a year’s worth of growth. I said, “When I look at the state’s PVAS information on the Department of Education’s on-line data system, the students in grades six, seven, and eight are making more than a year’s worth of growth.”

Mr. Weiner responded, “You have sixth, seventh and eighth grades? I thought Meade was still adding on grades.”

My concerns regarding the accuracy of Mr. Weiner’s data collection methods were heightened by this remark. This statement caused me to seriously question the credibility of the information that Mr. Weiner was presenting on the progress of Meade School.

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