DISD Misses Adequate Yearly Progress Again

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The Texas Education Agency released its Adequate Yearly Progress report for 2012 a bit ago, and DISD and about three-quarters of its individual campuses missed the mark, just as they did last year, and the year before, and the year before.

Much of that can be attributed to tougher standards. As DISD noted in the press release it just sent out, the percentage of kids who need to pass math and reading tests in order to meet the federally mandated measure has jumped over the past four years, up 8 percent in math to 83 percent and up 7 percent in reading to 87 percent.

But that doesn't explain away DISD's percentages, which stayed about the same overall but decreased for minority, economically disadvantaged, and special education students.

"We are all for accountability and showing improvement in student performance," said Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles in the press release. "At the same time, we are for reasonable expectations and fair evaluations. Our Destination 2020 plan is designed to prepare all students to be college and career-ready and there are a number of measurements other than AYP that should be taken into consideration as to how our schools and our students perform."

If it makes you feel better -- though maybe it should make you feel worse -- DISD is not alone. In fact, it's not even in the minority anymore. This was the first year in which the majority of districts in Texas failed to meet AYP.

If you're curious, you can poke around to find school-by-school and district-by-district breakdowns here.



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ginamarni
ginamarni

Private and Elite American schools are not measured by STANDARDIZED TESTS.  The superintendent is correct when he states there are other measures.  We need to stop thinking that passing a multiple choice test is an indicator of an educated student.  The kids that pass these tests are just as ignorant of writing and reading as the kids in our blighted ghetto schools are.  Sure, they can PASS a multiple choice test.  But are they READERS?  Are they WRITERS? Some of the best teachers I know are Texas teachers.  From young TFA to veterans teachers are absolute NATURALS!!  And the system is driving them out.  

 

Just because my son passed these TAKS exams is meaningless.  I still had to teach him the writing process at home.  I don't blame his teachers.  I understand the stress they are under to make sure kids PASS THESE LOW LEVEL TESTS.

 

Me, I don't care.  I accept delivery of all the worksheets and workbooks and horrible textbooks, and say, "Gee, thank you, I've been waiting for these worksheets and test prep books...woooow!!"  And then!!  I put them in a closet and TEACH real writing and reading.  I tell the kids, "Take these workbooks home.  Put them in your closet.  It may be homework."  Laugh out loud as they say.  My kids will never do that crap for homework.  My students read like writers AND THEY WRITE LIKE READERS.  Kids who used to think they hated English and language and the power of words...THEY LOVE IT, BECOMING life long learners!! NOT professional test takers that pacify their clueless parents and broken down teachers!!

 

EVEN IF WE HAD A 100% PASS RATE, LIKE SOME SCHOOLS, LIKE SOME OF MY CLASSES...IT IS MEANINGLESS...THE TESTS ARE LOW LEVEL...  80% of kids in poverty are passing them... the other 20 percent are either HOODLUMS THAT ARE STOPPING LEARNING OR ELL STUDENTS THAT ARE BEING SEGREGATED IN LITTLE GROUPS AND FOLLOWING EACH OTHER AROUND, SPEAKING SPANISH.... IT'S CALLED LANGUAGE IMMERSION WITH SUPPORTS FOLKS....  ASK ANY EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM Guatemala or Mexico..  THEY LEARNED ENGLISH BY BEING AROUND ENGLISH SPEAKERS!!! HELLOOOO!!!  HOOOOOLA!!!!

Blabbergasted
Blabbergasted

Ruth Vail brought IB to Woodrow. Remember that.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

A tale of two IB high schools: Allen missed AYP, Woodrow Wilson (DISD) met AYP.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk

"...find school-by-school and district-by-district breakdowns here."

 

Wins today's unintentionally amusing-yet-accurate sentence of the day.

bbetzen
bbetzen

The main reason for this deterioration of achievement is the $5.4 billion cut by the 2011 Texas Legislature.  Texas was improving until those cuts hit.  Just look at the proof at http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2012/07/is-texas-dropout-rate-progress-slowing.html  The charts on that page show the very clear and solid progress since 2006 for all of Texas.  Sadly the most sensitive and predictive of those measurements is now improving at such a slow rate, after dramatic improvement the past two years, that the improvement this year was almost flat.

 

We are in for a very rough time.  Dallas ISD had an average of 15 students per teacher in 2009/10. That went over 16 in 2011/12 and for 2012/13 it is planned to be one teacher for every 16.83 students.  That is a 12% increase in the average class size.   Is it still a mystery why AYP has gone down?  Is it a mystery as to why it will continue to go down in all of Texas, unless the 2013 Legislature uses the current surplus to refund education?

NaiveWhiteGuilter
NaiveWhiteGuilter

No shit?  What could possibly explain it?  I'm a naive white-guilt libtard "progressive" and I just can't figure it out.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Just compare the stats with Wikipedia's piece on the DISD.  Have we improved from 2009 or not?  And by how much?

 

Dallas ISD was reported in April 2008 to have the 7th highest dropout rate of any urban school district in the US.[24] All 6 cities with higher dropout rates than Dallas in this study were smaller cities with under a million population.From 1998 to 2008 Dallas ISD had a pattern of having an average of 14,600 9th grade students but only giving high school diplomas to an average of less than 6,300 students four years later. Using these 9th grade numbers indicates that roughly 56% of students are consistently missing at graduation. The graduation rates (percentage of 9th grade students represented by the number of diplomas given to that class at graduation) for the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008 have been 41.4%, 40.5% and 41% respectively.[25] With the graduation of the Class of 2009 the graduation rate went up to 43.5%.[1]Using four major indicators for dropout rate patterns, the Dallas ISD is improving as of November 2009 in all four indicators. This progress has been consistent for almost four years for all measurements.  In 2009 state representative Yvonne Davis proposed a bill which would force the state to divide any school district that meets several parameters. The parameters include the district having more than 150,000 students, the district residing in a county with more than two million residents, and the resident county being adjacent to at least one other county with more than one million residents. The bill does not name any particular school district, but the parameters of the bill may only apply to Dallas ISD.[2] - Wikipedia 1 Standard reports, Texas Education Agency retrieved 2009-01-24, select the reports for the Dallas Independent School District. 2009 graduation numbers are from Dallas ISD. 2 Hobbs, Tawnell. "Is it time to split DISD? A state rep. thinks so." The Dallas Morning News. Monday March 16, 2009. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

DISD's action plan to address AYP:

 

1.  Spend tax dollars like drunken sailors on people who will rarely--if ever--step foot on a campus

2.  Treat teachers so badly that no one wants to work in DISD

3.  Subject other people's children to starting the year with a sub 

4.  Stand by the decision to keep SIN while telling teachers their asses are on the line

5.  see #2 above

6.  Hold a stupid convocation instead of letting teachers prepare their rooms for kids

7.  See #2 above

ginamarni
ginamarni

THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY OUR "CORPORATE" STATE IS MAKING OFF OF tests and workbooks and basal reading programs....they don't CARE about your kids... but MOST teachers do!!!  Bashing teachers is a Weapon of Mass Distraction...  And it's WORKING!!  SOMEBODY IS BANKING DUE TO THIS witch-hunt!!  Put your critically thinking hats on... Most of you have those skills..  You weren't tortured by TESTS for two months out of each school year...Unlike the poor children of today...

 

My COUNTRY SENT MEN TO THE MOON AND WE NEVER put all this money into standardized testing....  IT'S ABOUT READING TO LEARN FOLKS!!!

 

AFTER 4TH GRADE, WE CANNOT BE TEACHING KIDS HOW TO READ... KIDS SHOULD BE READING TO LEARN!!  COME ON NOW!!!!!!!  AND IF WE COUL JUST BASE OUR LITERACY on portfolio assessments, actual PRODUCT...  Science and math scores would go UP!!  Once a kid can read about math and architecture and science....THEY WILL THEN HAVE A PURPOSE...HELLO...A PURPOSE FOR learning!!!!  They will take learning more seriously...

 

GOOD TEACHERS DON'T MIND BEING ACCOUNTABLE... WE NEED TO CONVINCE OUR STUDENTS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE.

 

HUG A TEACHER TODAY!!  THANK ONE TODAY!!  YOU JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO PUT UP WITH.  YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW... And simply having sat in classrooms K-12 does NOT make you an expert.... TALK TO TEACHERS... THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND!!!

bandito
bandito

 @Blabbergasted

 Actually, Escamilla brought IB and Vail dragged Woodrow into multiple years of AU.

She's about as relevant as Jennifer Sprague was yesterday at the board briefing. Sprague, with her sprayed on pants, couldn't quite figure out where she was or what she was doing, so she sat on the front row popping gum. Useless is as useless does. For $185,000 we get tight pants and gum popping and no brains. Maybe she thought she was at movie audition for Grease II.

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

 @bbetzen The more money the Lege gives schools, the more they spend on bureaucracy.  That's why the money was cut.  IT WAS NOT SPENT ON CAMPUSES, TEACHERS, AND KIDS TO BEGIN WITH.

 

Those budget cuts are posing no real problems in districts with moral board members who act as gatekeepers to protect their students.  

 

The reason class size has increased is bc our trustees handed a blank check to Miles and he is spending the money on administrators at 3700 Ross instead of hiring more teachers.

engmofo
engmofo

 @NaiveWhiteGuilter & the winner of the award for most  posts written from his Mothers basement under different aliases is..............

bbetzen
bbetzen

 @holmantx

 Most of the Wikipedia piece you quoted I posted there years ago.  It has been modified by others since, but the numbers were accurate back then.  For an update in the data look at http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/ .  The large chart for DISD under the 7-13-12 blog at this link will give you the current graduation rate numbers, which have continued to improve until now.  It appears 2012 will be the first year DISD will continue loosing ground to such an extent that the CPI measurement will actually go down from the year before.  This is the first time we will have gone backwards since 2006 in the CPI.  Due to the predictive nature of the CPI the future does not look good.   That is the cost when you lay off 1,000 teachers.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @DISDTeacher other contributing factors likely include, criminalize bad behavior in schools.  make a high school diploma useless to any and all kids who have no college aspirations, particularly for financial limitations.  Hispanic children of immigrants and blacks enjoying a legacy of Jim Crow segregation also don't help matters.

bandito
bandito

 @DISDTeacher

 Why worry about holding class at all? "Grad lab" as described by a blogger on Ravitch's site has been informed by students that attending class and getting credit the old fashioned way is no longer necessary. Grad lab takes care of those pesky attendance and failure issues:

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/08/07/texas-anti-testing-revolt-reaches-business-leaders/

 

Who cares if there are permanent subs in many rooms. Credit recovery for all and in just a couple of days.

 

Is Miles going away or is AYP going away? Pretty cavalier approach to a problem that will cost the state millions in grants to failing schools. Maybe he thinks missing AYP provides a free revenue stream from the feds passing out grant money for being the worst in the nation.

CambriaWay
CambriaWay

 @bandito 

Woodrow was a mess under Vail. It was her associate principal, now principal at North Dallas Dinah Escanilla the brainchild of the reform Woodrow movement. A very smart and talented, no nonsense lady respected by many, Escanilla's legacy lives. IB is now in the middle school and elementary schools in Woodrow's feeder pattern. J.L. Long middle school meets AYP for the first time. 

 

Sometimes it only takes one simple idea to save public schools. The problem is, there's not a lot of bright people leading the schools in DISD. Escanilla is one of very few principals in DISD whom I admire. It may take a while but I have no doubt Escanilla can bring North Dallas to a better standing.

bbetzen
bbetzen

 @DISDTeacher

 While wasting the money is a very real danger, and has happened due mostly to lack of public vigilance, that is not where most of that $5.4 billion came from.  It never could have.  I challenge you to present the numbers and your source.  That much is not spent on bureaucracy.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @bbetzen what is the comparison, apples to apples?

 

"The graduation rates (percentage of 9th grade students represented by the number of diplomas given to that class at graduation) for the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008 have been 41.4%, 40.5% and 41% respectively. With the graduation of the Class of 2009 the graduation rate went up to 43.5%."

 

Same criteria - what is the graduation rate for the subsequent years? 

 

 

bbetzen
bbetzen

 @holmantx

 For the Class of 2011, using the exact same formula and NOT the TEA method, the Graduation Rate was 52.4%.  That is a 11.9 percentage point increase since 2007, and a solid increase it is as the TEA numbers also increased by an almost identical number of percentage points. That means that for the first time in over 20 years DISD has graduated a class that is over half the size of the 9th grade class that entered 4 years earlier!

 

Another way to put it is that, since 11.9% of 13,637 students equals 1,622, there are now 1,622 more students graduating that would NOT have graduated back in 2007!  That is big! 

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