Sunday, July 15, 2012

I Don't Want to Sound Callous, But That's Just Not Very Many Kids

One of the non-urban high schools that got dinged in the new classifications was Ponaganset High School in Foster-Glocester, which is in "Warning." This is partly because they genuinely had an off year score-wise, although they're still above the state averages in reading and math.

They got hammered in subgroup performance, though -- only 12 points out of 30. Of course, the numbers in the subgroups are very small: 183 tested, 181 white, 1 black, 1 mixed, 0 LEP, 23 with IEPs, 16 eligible for free and reduced lunch. The low-income kids are above their peers statewide. The special ed scores are terrible.

Maybe this will lead to improvements in their special ed program? But overall, this is a ridiculously blunt and indirect instrument. Even if the system works perfectly, you're affecting a very small slice of kids.

1 comment:

Sean said...

Yes. Dear God, yes.