Dallas ISD Leads the State in Low-Performing Schools, But the News Isn't All Bad

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Congratulations, Hillcrest. The state of Texas no longer considers you a failure.
First, a spot of good news: Hillcrest High School has climbed off the Texas Education Agency's annual list of low-performing schools. So have two other Dallas ISD schools, Francisco Medrano Middle School and John W. Runyon Elementary.

Now for the depressing news: twenty-five DISD schools took their place, leaving the district with a state-leading 57 failing schools. Houston ISD, Texas' largest school district, has 54.

DISD appeared to be in full ass-covering mode when the list was released yesterday, downplaying the significance of the figures while stressing that the district is working hard to improve struggling campuses.

See also: Teachers Leaving DISD: How Do We Know When That's a Bad Thing?

"We're not going to get into comparisons," DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander told The Dallas Morning News. "We're focused on what we need to do to improve our schools' performance, particularly those that are new to the list this year."

In this case, DISD's reluctance to "get into comparisons" is justified. This year's list includes 892 campuses statewide, almost double the 456 found wanting last year. This isn't because schools somehow became twice as bad as last year; it's because this is the first year the STAAR test, much tougher than the TAKS test that preceded it, was fully taken into account.

With that in mind, it can be argued that DISD made strides over last year, at least in relative terms. Last year, DISD schools comprised 7.7 percent of statewide failures. This year, the figure is 6.4 percent. And since we are going to be making comparisons, it's worth pointing out that Houston's tally of under-performing campuses tripled over the past year, from 18 to 54.

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holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

If the state intervened and took over the schools until a new system (or systems) is built, do you think things would change for the worse or better?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Poor parenting combined with an entrenched, top-heavy bureaucracy that is unaccountable to the parents, even if they cared.

The only answer is that which has already occurred.  

Move.

If you care about your kids you have to leave.

Lousy schools is probably the central reason why the city has not participated in the explosive growth in the Metroplex.

When picking a neighborhood to live in, the quality of the schools is right at the top.

Sad, because this is soooooo fixable.

oh well.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo bilingual education fo' chil'ns o' immigrants, dan immersion n cracker ass english, iz pimp-tight fo' dem an' pimp-tight fo' America.

roo_ster
roo_ster

How many years must this massive failure be repeated before we realize these huge districts and gov't-provided schooling are designed to fail?


1. Dismantle the DISD organization: administration, school employees.  Fire them all

2. Auction off the physical plant to educational entrepreneurs.

3. E-Verify for students so as to exclude illegals & anchors.  Not hard to figure out who is illegal in other ways, too.  That data goes to our law enforcement so they can be deported.  There will be even more money left over for the children of citizens. 

4. Every student's parents get a check equal to that child's proportional slice of the budget.

5. Let parents decide where to send the kids.  With that much cash floating around, educational start-ups will be thick on the ground.  Some will fail, some will succeed.  Let the failures go home broke to cry in their carpet and let the successes flourish.

gadfly
gadfly

Interesting that Charter Schools are exempt from being placed on this list - even if their academic results are as bad as (or worse) than the Public Schools:


 The following schools are excluded from PEG identification: 


• Alternative education campuses that are rated under alternative education accountability procedures/provisions; 

• Campuses identified as alternative instructional campus types; 

• Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEPs); 

• Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs (JJAEPs); 

• Charter schools; 

• Schools with no students tested or fewer than five students tested on TAKS/STAAR in all three years examined.


(source: Texas Education Agency)

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Replace "struggling" with "poorly performing".

Replace "making strides" with "serial firings of administrators and poorly performing teachers" in order to get this system out of the ditch.

No more perfumed lingo.

More reform.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

The good news is that "Nearer My God To Thee" is the new official DISD anthem.

Voot
Voot

Eventually people will catch on that school construction and administration is a lot like hospital construction and administration, ie, the ends in themselves where the money is to made. Fuck the students/patients. For example, the recently finished - if indeed the construction is finished - Duncanville High School that launched the Hispanic student walkout not that many years ago has a natatorium, beautiful new ball fields, performance halls - an an AU rating for 2013.


Let them eat bricks and mortar.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

I credit the South Dallas Evangelical community with this massive breakdown.  They've worked hard to undermine everything the Superintendent has done - and their people dominate the administrative jobs - like HR and IT - so they were uniquely positioned to wreck the system.

I tried to enroll as a substitute T/A this year (as I do most years) and got turned away - not even allowed to submit an application.  The HR clerk said that T/A's have to be degreed and certified - which is not true and which has never been true.

When I first tried to apply online, the online system was broken - not accepting any applications at all.

It was clearly an attempt to wreck the schools in retaliation for Mr. Miles not giving their community the good-old-boy treatment they're used to.

1234
1234

@roo_sterYou'd do the schools a disservice getting rid of Hispanic children (and how racist of you). Bilingual students are not the ones with the worst scores. Everyone knows that. The thing is, many "children of citizens" simply don't want to put an effort and their parents don't care. And finally, the US is one of the nations with the biggest investment in education but has such poor results. Oh, surprise, money is not the answer here.

kduble
kduble

@roo_ster  The problem with what you're advocating: Our international competitors, you know, the ones whose students are outperforming ours? None of them follow your model. All of them have functional public schools.

titusgroan
titusgroan

@gadfly Nope, charter schools are exempt from PEG because they are schools of choice.  You can pull your kid out of a charter any time and send them back to your neighborhood public school.  Of course, if that school is PEG, use that to get them somewhere else.  Simple.  Not everything is a nefarious conspiracy.

zerromi
zerromi

@gadflyWell of course they are. The rich people that run said charter schools have hookups with the people that write said exclusions, which eventually means more money for them once the "LOOK, PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNDERPERFORMING, TAKE THE MONEY AND SHOVE IT INTO CHARTER SCHOOL VOUCHERS!!!!" nonsense takes off.

rusknative
rusknative

@bvckvshad the SAME experience...massive good recommendations, excellent degrees, serious leadership experience in workplace....applied to substitute to give service...NEVER heard a word from ROSS ave....school encouraged me, nada from the HR folks...they only will SEE you for a short window Tues and Thurs MORNING....otherwise, nada.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

DO you really think Dallas blacks are conspiring against you, or has DISD finally had enough of your on-line persona?

roo_ster
roo_ster

@1234@roo_ster 

1. I do not care about doing the schools a disservice.  I care about teaching American children.The gov't schools can disintegrate for all I care, because the well-being of the schools is not the objective.

2. Yes, (mostly) mexican "bilingual"(1) illegal alien or anchor baby students many times do better than native born black students.  So what?  I don't care about foreigners and their crotch fruit.  I care about Americans.  Every dollar we spend on a poor illegal/anchor is a dollar we could have spent on a poor _American_ black child.

3. Fuck you and your accusations of racism.  If you can not sit at the adult table and discuss grown up concepts and facts, go back to the kids' table and bang your spoon there.





(1) For a while, until they assimilate into the underclass as 2nd & 3rd gen of that cohort generally do.  They then perform just as poorly as underclass blacks & whites. 





roo_ster
roo_ster

@kduble@roo_ster 

One thing you omit:

All those competitors who outperform us are monocultures.  Almost all of them from Europe & NE Asia.  Take a gander at the 2012 PISA results.  

Those monocultures have the cultural capital and lack of cultural friction such that a gov't run school system (while less efficient and not as optimal as a private system) can be effective.  Here in the states, not so much.

titusgroan
titusgroan

@zerromi You mean private school vouchers.  Charter schools don't need vouchers.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@rusknative@bvckvs

If there's one school that you want to work with you can get the principle to walk the paperwork through for you - but only just before the beginning of the school year..

They're WELL aware of the HR problems and most have made it a priority to get substitutes they can count on.
You can still be a floater, but should make the school that sponsors you your priority.
That's what I did and I fully expect to be on the rolls next year.  I would have preferred to be a floater, but this way is fine for now.

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