Thompson: Gentrification Caused DC Test Score Increase, Says Merrow
Until systems like Washington D.C. produce gains on the reliable NAEP assessments for students other than those at the top, one would think that it’s annual boasts about increased learning would draw yawns.
John Merrow, in A Story about Michelle Rhee that No One Will Print, reaches the common-sense conclusion that D.C.’s latest improvements are largely due to gentrification.
He then cites the following results:
Aiton Elementary School’s DC-CAS scores went down again, from 19.1% in 2012 to 15.9% in 2013. Its composite math/reading score is below the performance level preceding Rhee’s appointment.
Noyes Education Campus, the epicenter of the erasure scandal, scores continued to decline, from 32.4% to 29.8%.
Ron Brown Middle School declined from 27.1% to 24.7%;
Shaw Middle School’s scores fell from 32.3% to 28.6%;
Garrison Elementary dropped 15.9 percentile points, from 47.8% to 31.9%;
Dunbar High School, once the District’s flagship high school, DC-CAS scores went from 23.7% to 17.3%.
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